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Child support figured before or after taxes?

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I make 36,500 a year. After taxes and insurance deductions - I take home around 28,000. Will my child support of 28% (2 children) be figured on the gross or net?

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Child support is based on net income. A very common question is, "what is net income?" Net income is the total income from all sources minus certain deductions which I outline below from the statute:

(a) Federal income tax (properly calculated withholding or estimated payments);

(b) State income tax (properly calculated withholding or estimated payments);

(c) Social Security (FICA payments);

(d) Mandatory retirement contributions required by law or as a condition of employment;

(e) Union dues;

(f) Dependent and individual health/hospitalization insurance premiums;

(g) Prior obligations of support or maintenance actually paid pursuant to a court order;

(h) 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 its self-executing modification upon termination of such payment period.

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h) would loans for farming equipment and operating lines of credit fall under the "Expenditures for repayment of debts that represent reasonable and necessary expenses for the production of income" I am a farmer.

Gary L. Schlesinger

Gary L. Schlesinger


yes they do. there is a case on that. best if you consult with a local divorce attorney.


It will be based on net, not gross.

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Child support is based upon net income as defined by statute. Please read:

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