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how much is a DECENT amount to pay for child support?

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 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.


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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!

Learn How To Increase The Amount Of Child Support You Receive

Posted in Child Support on 30th July 2011

Learn How To Increase The Amount Of Child Support You Receive

Divorce is not an easy thing. Especially if you have children and are reliant on the ex-spouse for child support.If making ends meet for you and your child or children has become more difficult did you know that you can request that a judge review your child support payment once a year. If your ex has gotten a raise, or child’s education and cost of living has increase4d you may be eligible for an increase.

Get Free: Increase Child Support

But do keep in mind that if your ex has lost their job or has had a salary decrease and you have asked for an adjustment your child support could possibly go down. In this article I will give you some suggestions what you should do before you go to a judge to ask for modification to your child support.

How to: Get Support Help

First, I suggest you obtain a copy of your state’s child support schedule. Usually this is available online, but if not you can request a copy of the child support payment schedule from your local courthouse.

Secondly, it is essential that you gather all your records from the previous year that may reflect why it has become more difficult for you to maintain support for your child. A raise in education cost, higher medical bills, increased mortgage or rent payments. Include pay stubs reflecting that you may have had a cut in wages per hour or a cut in work hours or worse you may have lost your job.

Third, you will want to obtain a form to modify your child support. You may be able to download one, if you can’t you should be able to pick one up at your local courthouse. If one is not available you can create your own form just include all of the above information.

Fourth, fill out the form and attach all of the records you have compiled to substantiate your request for an increase. Make sure you have attached at least 12 months worth of financial records. Before submitting anything make sure you have made copies of everything for you to keep yourself.

Fifth, you will file your original completed form in the court where your original child support order was filed. The fee for filing is usually somewhere between and depending where you live.

Sixth, make sure your ex-spouse receives a copy of your request. If you send the copy by mail make sure you send it registered certified mail with a signature request. It is very important that you keep your green receipt. This will be proof that you mailed it to them.

Lastly, after the date for the hearing is set make sure you attend it. Come prepared with all of your documents. After both sides present their case the judge will make a decision. You may get the increase you are asking for or you may not, be prepared but to keep in mind that you can always ask again next year.

How is “child support” amount determined?

Posted in Child Support on 13th May 2011

How is “child support” amount determined?

Best answer(s):

Depends on the state your in…. Here in New York its 17% of your pay for one kid, 25% for to and up to 40% for more……

And if you were married she can try to get you for insurance, baby sitting and other stuff……

Answer by Nate
In South Carolina it is 25%. That is why I am paying $ 750 per month for 1 child.

Answer by Janet W
By a child support calculator in your state office. They take the salary of both parties and determine how much needs to be paid. Go to google and type in “child support enforcement and your state name and it may give you a calculator”.