Does The Court Consider Expenses When Calculating Child Support?

divorce lawyer Jordan RapoffQuestion:

I pay child support and even though my income has increased since the order was entered, so have my living expenses.

My ex-wife, who is working and earning less and less, wants to raise my child support because she says the court doesn’t care about my expenses only that my income has increased.

Is this correct? Do I really owe her more child support every time I earn a raise while her income keeps dropping?

Answer:

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

Based on the limited fact that you have provided me, it appears that you have an existing court order for child support.

My state’s child support calculator only takes into consideration both parties’ income. It does not take into consideration the parties’ monthly expenses.

With that being said, however, it is within the court’s discretion to find the child support calculation to be unjust and inappropriate based on outside factors.

In looking at your facts, the court may determine that the amount, if higher, is unjust and inappropriate based on the fact that your former spouse has voluntarily chosen to work less, and your expenses, if reasonable, are such that you do not have the funds to support a higher order.

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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 arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Missouri Divorce Lawyer Jordan A. Rapoff, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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2 comments on “Does The Court Consider Expenses When Calculating Child Support?

    What was the decision during divorce?
    The answer is not seems appropriative according to question,what I want to ask is what they both have decided and what divorce lawyer done during divorce ,for the custody of child and their expenses?

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