Child Support Article

Child support is based on the payor's net income as defined by statute. If the payor withdraws funds to place in their 401(k) out their paycheck, then that is added back in. The Statute allows for deducting properly calculated taxes, union dues, uniforms if required for the job and expenses that are related to earning a living. With one child, the payor pays 20% of his properly calculated net, two children 28%, three children 32%, etc. Child support is cut and dry and the Judges rarely vary from the Statutory Guidelines. Support is normally withheld from the payors paycheck and sent by the employer to the State Disbursement Unit, who then forwards a check to the payee. The State Disbursement Unit keeps records which are quite accurate on the payors payments. If you are paying child support, make sure you go through the State Disbursement Unit so that all of your payments are recorded. Do not ever give your spouse cash without a written receipt or written acknowledgment of some kind. It is very common for people to come to Court and insist that they have not been paid their child support when the other side had in fact paid them cash, but had no proof of the payments. Without proof, these payments won't be counted.