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Posted in Child Support on 11th May 2014

how much is a DECENT amount to pay for child support?
for 1,2,3,4 children and so on monthly?

what is your opinion.i am curious what everyone else thinks is a decent amount.this is based on the non custodial paying the custodial.when the paying parent has visitation as often as agreed.

please clarify why you think that amount is enough.no i am not in this situation.i am curious because this economy has taken a toll on many households and many innocent men are being put in jail for losing income that is not because of their fault since the recession began in 2007.


Best answer(s):

Answer by Casey
Each State has the amount worked out for each income.

If a man loses his job, gets ill and can’t work , he has the option of going back to court and getting the amount adjusted.

You can be sure that any man who ends up in jail has had many chances to solve the problem.

Answer by FairyGirl
well.. in my brothers situation here in maine they demanded 55 dollars per child per week. i personally as a mother of two Do Not think that is adequate. he disagrees. If u add up the cost of what u spend im talking rent, lights, tv, phone diapers clothing food …. heck even toilet paper that dosent even come close to covering half.
@ Mrs.E : in the end if a man is put in jail because of non payment of child support then it MOST definitly was his fault. he wasnt innocent. i was always brought up beggars cant be choosers. so guess what mcdonalds is always hiring. when u have children to support pride shouldnt stand in your way. If a man hasnt had a job by 2007 he just isnt looking. or hes too picky!!

Answer by Crayon
I have a friend who has one child and gets around 700 a month.That cost helps cover rent since the child lives mainly with the mother, daycare and health care. Also help with food and clothing and diapers. They determine the amount to be paid by looking at the fathers income.

Answer by Robert
I think about $ 250. a month per child or double whatever the court orders, whichever is less, so long as the custodial parent agrees to drug and alcohol testing monthly.

Answer by tea ali
I can’t give you a “decent” amount for child support…Every situation is different plus every state has it’s own laws for coming up with the amounts, but some of the men who run into financial difficulty don’t notify the court of their circumstances so that adjustments can be made to their child support agreement before the mother of their children has a chance to. If you just stop paying and don’t notify the court of your circumstances, that’s how you can end up being picked up and sent to jail.

Answer by christopherpaulberthiaume
A lot depends on the situation, and there is usually not a “one size fits all” equitable solution. However, the closes thing I can think of that is as fair as possible is this:

If both parties want custody, then whoever the child is with ought to fully support the child financially. So then, when the child is with Mom, then Mom pays, and when the child is with Dad, then Dad pays. In this scenario, each party maintains their own separate residence, and feeds the child when it is with them, each party keeps a separate wardrobe at their residence for the child, each parent keeps separate toys, electronics, etc., and otherwise provides for the child, whatever the child needs. Thus, there really would not be any need for any income redistribution, which is usually nothing short of a rip off anyway, and which usually just breeds hatred and resentment, more than anything else.

If one parent wants custody of the child and the other does not, then the one who does not ought to pay a percentage of his or her income to the parent who voluntarily takes custody. Since incomes vary, the amount will vary.

If neither parent wants custody, then the child ought to preferably be placed with close relatives, and both parents ought to pay a percentage of their income to whoever is caring for the child.

As a percentage, I think a fair amount is somewhere around 10% t0 15% of income, depending on the child(ren)’s needs and circumstances.

I don’t think that either parent ought to be able to siphon off the other parent’s income, call it “child support” to salve their conscience and justify such theivery, and then use the money to keep themselves in the lifestyle they had grown accustomed to enjoying during the marriage, while only a little bit of the money trickles down to the child. Whoever receives any “child support” money ought to be required to provide receipts to the one who pays, right down to the very last penny. The one who pays also ought to have some say in how the money is spent.

Answer by atheleticman_fan
Like the courts really care about what’s decent?! Most states have a calculator based on both parent’s income, who has custody and how much time is spent at each home. You can get it through Superior court websites.
Few parents keep good records on how much they spend on food and clothing, but if they did, they would be better able to manipulate the calculator to show what the cost of living for their offspring truely is. (Most dad’s haven’t been paying attention to how much shoes cost when kid’s feet go through three sizes in one year.)
If I did have an opinion, CS has to be individual because each family has unique needs and the cost of living is different everywhere.
I do think the courts are biased towards helping the mothers more than fathers. There are a lot of fathers out there who are much better parents than their partners! …and there are a lot of women out to “git” their ex husbands over CS. There are also a lot of fathers trying to avoid their responsibility. And there are dads who pay CS and never see their children!

Answer by Jesus and Michelle

One child… 25% of net income
Two childrenen… 35% of net income
Three childrends…45% of net income
Four childrends…55% of net income

because the parent is responsible for the child. Period!

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