Quick review for anyone unable to keep up.  My ex had me in 3 times in 6 months to have his support modified for four kids.  He was paying 764 a month (that includes 20 extra because of being in arrears) then he got it lowered to 606 and I got it back up to 764 then he got in back down to 606 which he doesn't meet that amount either.  Well yesterday they they said they are now going to base my child support on his yearly wages not monthly wages.  And he can't bring me in for a hearing for a year, if he can't meet his amount then it will go on his arrears. Does anyone know how they figure child support on a yearly basis.  I know how they figure it monthly.  I worried I'm going to take a big decrease and that isn't fair.  He is suppose to be 50% responsible.  He has very little to do with his kids--emotionally that is.  My son doesn't go at all and the court forces my three daughter and he only see them for 3 hours on Wed and over night every other Sat.  I was reading another post about trying to work out a low child support amount so they can get full custody.  We only share legal custody and I don't like that.  I was thinking of making a deal with him so my husband and I can have full legal custody too.  Any advice?  I got court ordered therapy for my kids but it is taking forever to get them scheduled.  I trying to do things the legal way but every time I turn around I'm taking hit after hit.  HELP!!                     

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 2:02 PM

I don't know what state you live in, but typically it starts out at 17% for one kid, and goes up to 37% for 4 or more kids.  This is nowhere near 50%.  Personally, I get child support for 2 of my kids, and it's only $217 per month.  Pathetic, I know. 

My dh pays child support for my step-daughter, which comes to $500 per month, because her mother refuses to get a job.  When he went to court, the judge said that dh had to bring his ex's income (which is welfare!) up to minimum wage.  I should mention that his ex also has the father of her latest spawn living with her, so dh is basically supporting his ass too, as well as their spawn.  Dh actually has 3 kids with her, but when they got divorced she gave guardianship of the older 2 kids to her parents (she HAD sole custody), so the court only took one kid into account when they figured her child support. 

I don't understand how they do their math.  She gets over twice as much for 1 kid as I get for 2!

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 2:06 PM

To answer your other question, they take his gross yearly income, multiply it by the child support percentage, and then divide that number by 12 months.

The good news is, if he ends up in arrears, they'll give you any tax refund he is supposed to get.

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 2:07 PM Child support guidelines are dependent upon which state you live in.  Unfortunately, since the last time that I've worked with the Tennessee or Georgia statutes regarding child support, there has been a great deal of change in the laws, so I'm not sure exactly how they are doing it these days.  However, I would venture to guess that they will take your ex's W2, figure out how much child support he should be paying a year based on his income, and then divide it equally by 12, if he pays once a month, or 24 if he pays twice a month.  Remember, however, that there are circumstances which will allow a deviation from the standard guidelines such as medical conditions (physical or psychological) and a deviation for how much time a child spends (or doesn't spend) with their non-custodial parent.   For example, if a non-custodial parent rarely sees a child, then the child support may be higher than set forth in the guidelines because the guidelines take a certain amount of time when the child will be with the non-custodial parent when setting child support.  And the reverse is true, if  a child spends more time than what is built into the child support guidelines, then support could be lowered outside the range.

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