How Much Child Support Can You Receive?

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Divorce can be complicated. When children are involved, it can be even more so. Custody and child support will be two of the biggest concerns in a divorce where children are involved. If you are the custodial parent, you may be wondering what kind of child support you can expect each month. While there is not a set amount that can be fixed upon, you can use some of the following guidelines to help give you an idea of what kind of child support you can expect.

  • Consider where you live. Each state will have different child support laws. Sometimes the support will be determined by a income-share model, meaning that the income of both parents put together will be considered in the determination. Other states will only look at the income of the non-custodial parent. Do some research on your state and area.
  • Breakdown your income. Child support is determined off of income. Some of the things calculated as income include salaries, commissions, dividends, overtime, spousal support, and government benefits.
  • Look at your child's needs. Child support will also be determined by the needs of the child. If your child has a health condition or other condition that requires extra cost, this will factor in to what kind of child support you can expect.
  • How many children do you have? The number of children that are involved directly in the divorce will also have an effect on the way that child support is calculated. Standard of living will also play a role.
  • Other factors may have an influence. Be aware that other factors may be considered in child support determination. Every situation is different.

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