How Much Child Support Should You Pay During The Separation Period?

mens divorce lawyerQuestion:

My wife and I recently separated and she is expecting me to pay child support during this time.

Even though no order has been entered, I want to give her some support to help my kids who are remaining with her in the marital home.

How much child support should I be providing to my wife during the separation period?


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Illinois child support laws where I am licensed to practice.

Where I practice, a party can be held liable for child support payments back to the date that a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is filed, even if an order regarding child support was not yet entered.

If the law is similar in your jurisdiction, you may want to determine what your child support obligation will be so that you can begin making payments when and if a Petition for Dissolution is filed.

The amount of your child support obligation will depend on the laws of your state. For example,many states have guidelines for calculating child support based on the party’s net income and number of children.

How Much Should You Be Paying?

Child Support Calculators

You should make sure to keep a record of any child support payments made to your wife so that you can receive credit for these payments when and if a child support order is entered.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.

To schedule an appointment with a Cordell & Cordell mens divorce attorney, including Belleville Divorce Lawyer Erin Brockhoff, please contact Cordell & Cordell.

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