Wisconsin Child Support
Maury D. Beaulier, Esq.
Child Support percentage
Deviations from Guidelines
Shared Physical Placement & Support
Split Physical Placement & Support
Second Families and Child Support
Child Support and Denial
of Access Unrelated
Trust Accounts for Child
Termination of Child Support
Agreements to Pay for College
Wisconsin, like states across the America, has complied with
federal requests to adopt uniform guidelines for determining child support.
Although the laws in neighboring states may be similar, no two states have
Child Support Guidelines
Wisconsin courts may consider all relevant financial
information or information relevant to either parent's earning capacity when
determining the amount of child support to be paid. However, Wisconsin has also
adopted child support guidelines which presume that child support should be
based on a percentage of that parent's gross income.
The child support guideline percentages that are applied are
two children -- 25%
three children -- 29%
four children -- 31%
five children -- 33%
These guidelines form a rebuttable presumption. Only under
rare circumstances does a court deviate from these guidelines. In fact, in
order for a Court to deviate from the percentage guidelines it must include in
its order specific findings determining the amount of guideline support and its
reasons why the guideline support is unfair to the child or either party. As
part of the analysis, the Court must consider the following factors:
The financial resources of both parents including
divisions of property as part of the divorce, legal separation or
Maintenance received by either party.
The needs of each party in order to support himself or
herself at a level equal to or greater than that established by federal
poverty guidelines (42 USC 9902 (2)).
The needs of any person, other than the child, whom
either party is legally obligated to support.
The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had
the marriage not ended in annulment, divorce or legal separation.
The desirability that the custodian remain in the home
as a fulltime parent.
The cost of day care if the custodian works outside the
home, or the value of custodial services performed by the custodian if the
custodian remains in the home.
The award of substantial periods of physical placement to
Extraordinary travel expenses incurred in exercising the
right to periods of physical placement.
The physical, mental and emotional health needs of the
child, including any costs for health insurance.
The child's educational needs.
The tax consequences to each party.
The best interests of the child.
The earning capacity of each parent, based on each
parent's education, training and work experience and the availability of
work in or near the parent's community.
Any other factors which the court in each case determines
- The financial resources of the child.
Child support may be reduced from guideline
percentages if each parent shares physical placement. Shared physical placement
is presumed when the child support payer has the child in their care no less
than 30% of the time or 110 nights per year. If the payer cares for the child
between 30-40% of the time, his/her child support obligation may be reduced from
100% of the guideline percentage to 67% of the guideline support figure. If the
payer cares for the child between 40 and 60% of the time, his/her child support
may be reduced from 67% of the guideline child support figur
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