Percent in support

The percentage is based on the amount of money that the guidelines say it takes to raise a child per month. Who pays the insurance on them and how much? How many nights do they stay at each parents home?

Run the calculator with these figures and the incomes and daycare you mentioned and see what your stbx is supposed to be paying based on guidelines.

With the figures you posted with his income 20% would only be $360. So according to that he is paying over 20% of his income for child support. But with the figures you posted, figuring equal time/joint custody, and not adding insurance cost, $450 is the correct amount. The basic child support obligation would be $851.00 per month. This is how much the government says it takes to raise two children on your combined salaries. He has 58.06% of that obligation while you are obligated for the remaining amount 41.94%.

Thank you Stepmother.

This is what I have told him. I told him that by law he is to pay that much but I lowered it because he was getting unemployment. I thought I was being nice about it all. He hasn’t seen the kids that much this year. I don’t even think he is going to see them this month for he lives in a different state. Thank you again.

Rose tanner

I’m not sure why he thinks he is paying more than he should, however if you run the guidelines on our website you can find out how much he should be paying.

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Maybe someone can answer this for me…

My STBX is making 1800 a month in unemployment and i am making about 1300 a month from working. We have two children at which i pay 600.00 a month in day care cost. My STBX says he is paying over 20% of his pay for support which is only 450.00 a month and is suppose to be over 800.00 a month. I am lost as well as the attorney is to why he thinks this. Can anyone tell me how he thinks he is paying over 20% of his share?