Is The Cost Of Living Considered When Figuring Child Support?

child supportQuestion:

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.

Omaha divorce attorney Nancy Shannon
Omaha divorce attorney Nancy Shannon

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.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Nebraska divorce lawyer Nancy Shannon, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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