The child support income of both parents is used to calculate their child support assessment. A parent’s share of the parents’ combined child support income indicates the share of the costs of the child they are responsible to meet. This is an ‘income shares’ approach and treats both parents’ incomes in the same way.
If your ex-spouse remarries, the new spouse is not responsible for providing for your children financially, in most cases. In certain situations, however, the new spouse's income may become part of community property shared with your ex-spouse and be considered in the child support calculation.
If you're the child's parent, you have to pay maintenance even if you don't see them. You don't have to arrange maintenance through the CMS - you can choose to arrange it directly with the other parent. If you don't think you're the child's parent, you'll have to prove why.
How to “win” in child custody disputes
- Be child-focused.
- Demonstrate cooperative parenting.
- Don't say, write or text 'my child' – ever!
- Be balanced and fair towards the other parent.
- Be polite in texts and emails to the other parent.
- Own your flaws and mistakes.
- Have realistic expectations.
- Be prepared to compromise.
Depending on the state where he lives, a father must pay 15 percent to 20 percent of his pretax income (20 percent to 25 percent, or more, after-tax) as child support for one child. This usually goes to 25 percent to 35 percent pretax (30 percent to 40 percent, or more, after-tax) because there is more than one child.
In deciding how much child support is to be paid the following formula used to work out the monetary amount a parent would be entitled to receive:
- Assess each parent's income;
- Calculate the parents' combined income;
- To calculate each parent's income percentage, divide each parent's income by their combined total;
The child support income of both parents is used to calculate their child support assessment. A parent's share of the parents' combined child support income indicates the share of the costs of the child they are responsible to meet. This is an 'income shares' approach and treats both parents' incomes in the same way.