A Comprehensive Guide to Calculating Child Support in Connecticut
When it comes to matters of child support, it's important to have a clear understanding of the guidelines and regulations specific to your state. In Connecticut, determining child support follows a set of guidelines designed to ensure fairness and consistency. This blog post aims to provide you with a step-by-step guide on calculating child support in Connecticut.
Step 1: Understand the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines:
Connecticut follows the Income Shares Model, which takes into account the income of both
parents to determine the appropriate level of child support. The guidelines consider various
factors, such as the number of children, custody arrangements, and each parent's income.
Step 2: Gather Relevant Financial Information:
To calculate child support accurately, you will need to collect the following financial
Gross Income: This includes wages, salaries, bonuses, commissions, rental income, limited overtime, and any other sources of income.
Deductions: Certain deductions, such as federal and state taxes, Social Security, Medicare, and union dues, need to be subtracted from the gross income.
Custodial Parent Expenses: Costs associated with the child's health insurance, childcare, and extraordinary medical expenses incurred by the custodial parent can be factored in.
Non-Custodial Parent Expenses: The non-custodial parent's expenses, such as health insurance premiums for the child and extraordinary medical expenses, are also considered.
Step 3: Calculate Each Parent's Proportional Share of Income:
Once you have the necessary financial information, follow these steps to calculate each
parent's proportional share of income:
Determine the combined gross income of both parents.
Calculate each parent's percentage share of the combined income by dividing their individual gross income by the total combined gross income.
Step 4: Determine Basic Child Support Obligation:
The Connecticut Child Support Guidelines provide a table that outlines the basic child support
obligation based on the combined income of the parents and the number of children. Find the
appropriate amount based on these factors.
Step 5: Adjustments for Custody and Other Expenses:
Additional adjustments may be necessary based on the custody arrangement and other specific circumstances. For example:
Shared Custody: If the parents share physical custody of the child for more than 182 nights per year, the basic child support obligation may be reduced.
Additional Expenses: Extraordinary medical expenses, educational expenses, and other specific costs may be allocated between the parents based on their proportional income shares.
Step 6: Calculate the Final Child Support Amount:
After considering all adjustments, calculate the final child support amount using the guidelines
provided. This amount represents the monthly obligation for child support.
Step 7: Seek Legal Assistance, if Needed:
While this guide provides an overview of the child support calculation process in Connecticut,
the specific circumstances of your case may require professional advice.
Reach out to Levine Litigation today to consult with our attorneys regarding your child support