Kentucky’s Child Support Worksheets provide the guidelines that are the minimum basis for determining the amount of child support that is most appropriate for a particular case. At a basic level, the Child Support Worksheet requires both parents to enter in their financial information to calculate a reasonable amount of child support. This reasonable amount of child support may be altered upward or downward.
The Child Support Worksheet itself is a document used to enter the financial information of both parents to calculate the amount of child support according to Kentucky’s child support guidelines. Kentucky’s child support worksheets or guidelines must be used by courts when entering child support orders regardless of whether the case is contested or uncontested.
Gross income is an important variable used to calculate the presumptive amount of child support in the Child Support Worksheet. Gross income means all income from any source, whether earned or unearned. There are certain adjustments that may be made to gross income to reduce it.
If there is no reliable evidence of a parent’s income, the court will impute or assign that parent an income amount. The primary reason that a court may impute income on a parent is when that parent is voluntarily unemployed or voluntarily underemployed.
The purpose of child support is to provide financial support for the care and maintenance of a child until he or she reaches the age of majority. Under certain circumstances, child support may endure past a child’s 18th birthday, such as if the child is still in high school when he or she turns 18, child support must continue until high school graduation or at least until the end of the school year when the child turns 19.
However, a court ordered judgment for child support will end according to the following circumstances:
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