One key component to a child support calculation is the time each patent has with the children. More time, means they get more money or then pay less. The actual percentage used is whats important, can getting at the best percent possible is as much and art as a science. It is typically not arrived at by adding up all time throughout a year.
2. The more you make, the more you pay.
The other key input is the income of both parties.
3. Regular gifts can be income.
If either Mom or Dad is getting regular cash gifts for, say a grandparent, it can be counted as income.
4. Tax Deductions are costly.
Child support is based after tax income, so anything that reduces taxes, can increase you income. So that big mortgage you pay will make you pay MORE in support, not less. If you have other children form another relationship, that will be a deduction with is bad for you, but you need to ask for a hardship, which is good.
5. Tax Free Income is the Worst.
Avoid this yourself, and try to classify the other parties income as non-taxable. Especially those cash gifts for their parents.
6. Job expenses are great.
Any expenses you pay that are required for you to work come off your income. So union dues help you. If you have other costs related to your job, bring the documentation.
7. Child care add ons can be more than support itself.
If Mom is taking care of a young child, think twice about making her get a low paying job. Total support could actually go up due to the child care add on.
8. Smith and Ostler can be your friends.
These two cases established a method of getting support on bonus income. If the other print gets bonus income, ask for smith-ostler order.
9. You can collect for a long long time.
There is no statue of limitations on collections of back child support. In fact, you can even go after the estate of some in arrears after they die, as long as you do it quickly after they die. So, if you are 75, and the payments are 40 years old, you can still go after them. With interest.
10. DCSS will do it for free, but sometimes free is expensive.
While its free, DCSS can be slow, and they don't work you, but the government. Don't expect them to squeeze as hard as you might like. On the other hand, they do great enforcement and collections. So, for a DCSS case think using an attorney at the hearings, but DCSS for enforcement and collection, unless there's lots of money involved.
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