Child Support Guidelines

Child Support Guidelines

In a proceeding for dissolution of marriage, legal separation, declaration of invalidity of marriage, or proceeding for child support, the court may order either or both parents owing a duty of support to a child of the marriage to pay an amount reasonable and necessary for support, without regard to marital misconduct. The duty of support owed to a minor child includes the obligation to provide for the reasonable and necessary physical, mental and emotional health needs of the child.

Net income is defined as the total of all income from all sources, minus the following deductions:

  • Federal income tax
  • State income tax
  • Social Security (FICA) payments
  • Mandatory retirement contributions required by law or as a condition of employment
  • Union dues
  • Dependent and individual health/hospitalization insurance premiums
  • Prior obligations of support or maintenance actually paid pursuant to a court order
  • Expenditures for repayment of debts that represent reasonable and necessary expenses for the production of income, medical expenditures necessary to preserve life or health, reasonable expenditures for the benefit of the child and the other parent, exclusive of gifts

The court shall reduce net income in determining the minimum amount of support to be ordered only for the period that such payments are due and shall enter an order containing provisions for modification upon termination of such payment period.