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Child Support Lawyers Elizabethtown KY

Child Support – ensuring that both parents continue to meet their responsibilities to their children

How is Child Support Calculated?

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.

What is the Child Support Worksheet?

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. 

Income & Child Support Determinations

  • Gross Income

 

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. 

 

  • Imputed Income

 

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. 

Duration of Child Support

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:

  1. Upon the marriage of the child.
  2. Upon the death of the obligated parent.
  3. Upon the death of the parent who is the legal custodian of the child.
  4. If the obligated parent acquires legal custody of the child.
  5. As is otherwise mandated by the court’s final decree.

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