CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES
Kansas has adopted child support guidelines that the court must follow. The main variables that are considered are each parent's gross monthly income, work-related day care costs, and the cost of providing health insurance for the child. Many other factors may be applicable, including the amount of parenting time each parent exercises and how the parents share the income tax benefits related to the child.
TERMINATION OF CHILD SUPPORT
A parent's legal obligation to support a child generally ends at age 18 and graduation from high school, but can be extended in certain circumstances.
HOW CHILD SUPPORT IS PAYABLE
Generally, child support is payable with an income withholding order. A court order is sent to the payor's employer and the support amount is automatically withheld from his/her paycheck and sent to the Kansas Payment Center in Topeka.
MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT
A parent's child support obligation may be modified if certain conditions are met such as the passage of at least 3 years since child support was last established or modified, a change in the parties' incomes, or the child reaching an age that puts him/her in the next age bracket (there are 3 age brackets). A Motion to Modify together with that parent's Domestic Relations Affidavit (a financial affidavit) must be filed to initiate the proceeding. The Motion must have been on file for at least 30 days before a new order can be effective.