In many cases, determining child support is simple. If the income of both parties is known, it is straightforward, as long as the parents’ incomes are not in dispute.

If the parents together earn less than $143,000.00 per year, the basic child support (the portion designed to pay for food, clothing, shelter, school supplies and other necessities) will be based upon a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s income (the parent with the least amount of custody or visitation).  That percentage depends upon the number of children. 

If the parents’ combined income is $143,000.00 per year or more, the child support will be pro-rated based on the parents’ incomes up to $143,000.00 per year. Any support based upon income above that number will be based on the needs of the child.  The “add-ons,” or child support in addition to the basic child support, are health care expenses including co-pays and premiums, child care, and education (private school).