New child support guidelines have gone into effect. This article does a pretty good job of explaining the new guidelines. It has been interesting over 30 years of practice, to see the guidelines evolve from a strict percentage, to what is called income shares, and then to more of an expense sharing where parenting time became more relevant, and now these new guidelines seem to take a non custodial parent’s expenses into account even more than ever.
Having been a non custodial, joint custodial, and sole custodial parent many years ago, what I really learned, is that as long as you are spending time with your kid and helping raise them, your expenses really don’t change that much regardless of how much time you have them, except to the extent that you’re not buying groceries. The old rules basically assumed that wherever the kids spent more than 50% of the time, is where the housing and utility and all other costs of raising a child were being incurred, which was truly a fallacy.
If you would like to have your child support review to see if you are entitled to a modification, you can contact me to that regard. We would schedule a consultation, and would want to review your decree and current income.