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

If the parents together earn less than $145,000.00 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 $145,000.00 per year or more, the child support will be pro-rated based on the parents’ incomes up to $145,000.00 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).