Is the basic cost of living taken into consideration when calculating child support?
While I am not licensed to practice law in your state and cannot give you legal advice, I can give some general observations on this issue based on the jurisdiction where I practice.
Most states do not take basic costs of living into specific consideration when child support is calculated.
Most states also put a limit on the amount of child support that can comprise a payor’s income, with the limit being no more than what would put the obligor under the federal poverty level.
In 2016 that level for a one person household is $990. This means as long as you are left with $990 after paying child support, the amount ordered will not be deemed excessive.
Family law is based on statutes that are state specific. I am licensed to practice in Nebraska and am not able to give specific and detailed legal advice regarding your situation. You need to contact an attorney licensed in your state who specializes in domestic litigation.