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Child Support Guidelines and Insurance

Child Support

Child support is usually paid by the non-custodial parent for the support of the child(ren).  The amount is determined by a formula of monthly gross income reduced to statutory net income.  A percentage based on the number of children, both before the court and not before the court, determines the amount the court will order the non-custodial parent to pay.  For example, if a parent has a gross monthly income of $4,000.00 then after reducing that amount by federal income taxes and FIcA, the statutory net monthly income is $3,185.15.  Child support for two children is set at 25% of the net monthly income; thus, monthly child support would be $ 796.28 per month.  However, in the same example above, assuming that the parent has another child that he has a duty to support (child not before the court), the percentage drops to 22.5%, thus, reducing the monthly amount to $ 716.66.  This example is simplified and does not take into account other deductions, such as union dues or health insurance payments for the children's medical health insurance.

 Child support payments are paid to the State Disbursement Unit either through direct payment or through payroll deduction.  The SDU then sends payment to the parent entitled to receive child support.

Payments Past 18th Birthday

The court may order child support to be paid past the child’s 18th birthday if the child is enrolled in an accredited secondary school in a program leading to a high school diploma: It makes no difference if the school is either public or private. The court may do the same for children enrolled in courses for joint high school – junior college credit.

Medical Support

Typically the person responsible for paying child support is also responsible for providing medical insurance.  This may be done through the non-custodial parent’s employer provided medical insurance; by reimbursing the custodial parent the cost of insurance if the custodial parent provides the insurance; by paying for private medical insurance; or by paying 100% of the medical bills.  Medical expenses not covered by insurance are usually paid equally by the parents.