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How to Determine Child Support Under Wisconsin Family Law October 10, 2018

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How to Determine Child Support Under Wisconsin Family Law, Platteville, Wisconsin
Parents are obligated to financially support their children after divorce. Family law sets amounts within affordable ranges to meet kids’ various needs, such as health and education. Since rules vary by state, below is a brief guide to the topic as it applies in Wisconsin.

Percentage of Income Standard

family-law-Platteville-WIChild support arises from the general principle that both parents are responsible for raising their kids. Whether the individual lives with the children may affect the amount, but it does not impact the basic obligation. Under Wisconsin family law, courts use the guidelines set by the Percentage of Income Standard to determine how much child support a parent must pay. The state considers each person’s income, the amount of time kids spend with each individual, and whether each partner provides support for other children. The standard was amended as of July 1, 2018, so check the new rules if you’ve been handling the matter since then.

Special Circumstances 

Despite these rules, family law attorneys often advise their clients that every situation is different. Courts can make exceptions to the percentage of income standard in certain types of cases. For instance, parents who earn more must pay a higher sum, while low-income individuals are asked to contribute within their means. Other exceptions are often made for split- or shared-placement cases, and serial family ones, in which a court places the child with each parent for at least a quarter of the time.


Resolving child support issues can be difficult and stressful, especially when parents are unwilling to cooperate. For more than 50 years, the skilled attorneys at Scott & Heenan LLC have provided quality counsel and representation to Grant County clients to resolve their family law conflicts. Visit the website to learn more about the firm’s background and expertise in this and other practice areas. Call (608) 348-9506 today for a confidential consultation.

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