When Connecticut determines the amount of child support a non-custodial parent is obligated to pay, they use a formula known as the Income Shares Model. This is a model that is used to determine child support payments in 38 states. The reason for which this is the way that so many states calculate child support payments is because it takes the net income of both the custodial and non-custodial parent into consideration. These child support guidelines try to make it so the child is having the same amount of money spent on him or her by their parents as they would if the parents were living together and had marital funds to spend on child care.
Connecticut provides a table indicating the combined weekly net income with the amount of children that support payments must be paid for to calculate the payments. For example, if the combined weekly net income is $500 and there are two children, the parent will have to pay 35.25% of that income, or $176.
If a non-custodial parent neglects to make child support payments, they may be ordered to pay arrears for the payments they have missed. This may also apply when there is no child support agreement in place and then arrears are collected at a later date. The state of Connecticut, like every other state in the country, has an enforcement division to make sure that those who are obligated to make payments actually do so.
If you have questions or concerns about the income shares model that determines child support, contact an experienced attorney who can provide you with assistance.
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