Saturday, February 22, 2014

How will court determine child support?

Q:  I am awaiting a court date since my ex summonds me with child support. I know she works full time and i currently make 250/week gross and made 13000 last year and 20000 the year before. Im not sure what she makes but works at a restaurant and married to someone who works at some gas gas station. Any prediction of how much will be mandated for me to pay for 2 kids? Do they go by current income, last year or last 2 years? just predicting on how much to save to pay whats owed when ordered next month.And no im not a dead beat always have paid, just couldn't not workig the last 6 months due to recovering from major surgery.

A:  David's Answer:  If you worked full-time all last year & still only made $13,000, they will use that income & calculate 25% of your adjusted gross. If not, the Court may pro-rate the income as if you were working full time, all year. Another option is for the court to use current year income - but they usually only do that if at least 6 months have passed in that particular year. Speak further with a child support lawyer in your area.  -- David Bliven, Westchester Child Support attorney (

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