State bill pushes for change in child support calculations

Residents in the state of Florida who experience a divorce with minor children at home must face unique challenges and decisions. In addition, it is not simply the initial determination that can affect the parties but the ongoing payment of child support which may last several years depending upon the ages of the children at the time of the divorce.

The laws on how to calculate child support vary greatly from state to state but it can be interesting to watch developments in this area around the nation. In Wisconsin, a proposed bill could have a big impact on how such amounts are determined. One provision of the legislation would eliminate income as an allowable factor in a child support formula if the income of the spouse required to pay such support exceeds $150,000. It further stipulates that any assets be kept out of the process. Verbiage in the text encourages greater equality in custody and parenting time as part of a focus on the best interests of children.

People who support the bill say that it helps to emphasize more equal parenting time for both parents and therefore helps fathers in particularly, as it is fathers who most routinely make monthly payments for child support and have a lesser amount of custody time. People concerned about the bill include those focused on anti-domestic violence efforts.

The percent of time a child is with a custodial parent is one component of child support. Florida parents currently facing a divorce may get help on this issue by working with a family law attorney.

Source:, “Bill on child support, placement draws big opposition,” Dee J. Hall, January 10, 2014

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