Saturday, January 11, 2014

Is FICA included when calculating child support payments

Q:  I am trying to estimate what child support payment will be. I know my child support will be based on my gross salary. I was under the assumption that FICA is a deduction excluded from gross salary when calculating child support. Is FICA medicare and social security excluded from child support or just medicare.

A:  David's Answer:  Yes, FICA, Medicare and social security taxes are statutory deductions from gross income before applying the child support percentages (17% for 1 child, 25% for 2 children, etc.). Speak further with a Child Support lawyer in your area. -- David Bliven, Westchester Child Support attorney (

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