Under Connecticut law each parent has a legal obligation to support his or her child or children. Connecticut has adopted the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines which sets forth what the presumptive support would be. Under the Guidelines, the court takes the gross income of each parent and subtracts federal taxes, state taxes, social security, Medicare and the cost of medical insurance to reach net incomes for each party. The court then adds both parties’ net incomes together to arrive at total net household income. The Guidelines then provides a chart with number of children along one axis and household income along the other. The Court uses this chart to determine the presumptive child support amount.
Such a process seems at first to be straight-forward, but is in fact fraught with legal issues. What counts as income? What if my husband quits his job? How many hours of work can be counted toward support? What if I have been giving the mother of my child payments all along? How far back can the order go? What if I have other children? What if the children are with me half the time?
Such questions call for answers. Our Family Law Practice Group is ready, willing and able to meet with you and give you answers, or perhaps alert you to the proper questions that need to be raised. Whether you have custody of your children and are concerned with getting a support order in place or you are the noncustodial parent seeking to make certain that any support order is fair, call for a consultation now.