What Is Child Support And How Is It Calculated?

July 6, 2020

Child support should not be confused with alimony. It refers to ongoing periodic payments meant to be used for the benefit of a child rather than the benefit of the spouse. Connecticut courts are extremely serious about enforcing child support obligations among parents. Because child support is for the benefit of the child, and not the opposing spouse, child support obligations cannot be waived by either parent. If you are a parent who fails to pay child support, your wages can be withheld, your driver’s and professional licenses can be suspended, and you can even be incarcerated until you satisfy your payment obligations.

In Connecticut, child support is calculated according to the Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines. The Guidelines use the combined income of the mother and father and number of children to set a child support amount. After child support is set, it can be later modified as the parent’s income level changes.

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