I was just going through my divorce documents that are getting some last minute touches before filing. The lawyer had not put the child support amount in the documents the last time I saw them.
Anyway, my take home pay is about 6x that of my ex. For 3 kids, the lawyer calculated that he should pay $1125/mo. $1125 is more than half of his take home pay! The reason for the discrepancy is because so much of my income can't be counted as income due to the fact it is not earned income. Plus, a lot of his "income" is from benefits because he is military. So, his income is inflated while mine is deflated.
I told him that I was going to ask for it to be reduced because that is just ridiculous considering my true income. $1125 isn't near as much money to me as it is to him. Plus, he is trying to get my oldest son to be able to go to Korea with him (to live, not vacation). I don't want him to be broke while he is taking care of one of our children. When I told him that I was going to ask for it to be reduced, he said to not worry about it because we have a kid turning 18 in about 9 months and that will drop it by almost $400.
I don't feel right taking that much when his income really isn't that high. I think I am still going to ask for it to be reduced.
I think it is an unreasonable amount. What do you think?