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Will my child support increase if I get a raise?

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Divorce |

When parents receive a raise, they often wonder how it will impact their child support obligations. Since support calculations take income into account, a raise could modify your monthly payments.

It is important to understand what factors contribute to these potential changes and when they might occur.

How child support gets calculated

State-specific formulas determine child support payments. These formulas rely on the income of both parents, the number of children, and the custody arrangement, among other factors. Typically, these formulas ensure that the child maintains a standard of living similar to what they would have if their parents were still together.

The effect of a raise on your child support

If you receive a raise, the amount of your payments might increase. This is because most child support formulas base calculations on income. When your income goes up, the amount you must contribute to your child’s needs might also increase. However, an increase in income does not automatically trigger a recalculation of child support.

When to expect a child support review

Child support orders do not automatically undergo a review when a parent gets a raise. Typically, parents or authorities review the order every few years or when there is a significant change in circumstances. If the other parent believes your raise should affect the amount that you pay, they can request a review of the child support order. Similarly, if you believe changes in your financial circumstances warrant a review, you can initiate this process.

When it comes to child support, any financial changes require careful consideration to ensure the well-being of all family members involved.


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