How Is Child Support Calculated?
Child support, child custody, property division, and spousal support are the four main factors that must be determined during a divorce. Child support specifically can be a source of tension between parents. Each parent wants to ensure their child gets the financial support they need, but there can also be fear about the payments being too high or going toward unrelated costs.
Let’s discuss how Nebraska calculates fair child support payments.
Income Shares Model
One of the main methods for calculating child support in Nebraska is using the income shares model.
In order to calculate child support using the income shares method, the court estimates the total cost of raising the child per month, then assigns each parent to pay a certain percentage of that based on their individual incomes.
For example, let’s say the court estimates that it costs $1,000 a month to raise a child. The mother makes $8,000 a month, while the father makes $5,000 a month. The father’s income is about 38% of the total income. Therefore, the father may be ordered to pay 38% of that $1,000 a month, or $380.
Factors That May Influence Child Support
Other factors that may change the amount of child support the non-custodial parent is required to pay include:
- The number of children the couple has
- The ages of the children
- The health of the children
- Each parent’s income
- Parenting time
What if I Can’t Afford My Court-Ordered Child Support Payments?
If you cannot afford your monthly payments, you should seek a modification. You will need to provide evidence that shows that you cannot pay the ordered amount and ask for a reduction. If you need to apply for a modification, a child support attorney can help ensure you have all the necessary documentation.