Child support guidelines determine the amount of child support to be paid to the spouse with whom the children live. It is the principles established under sections 46b-215a-1, 46b-215a-2b, 46b-215a-3, 46b-215a-4a and 46b-215a-5b of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
Purposes of Child Support Guidelines
The primary purposes of the child support and arrear guidelines are:
(1) To provide uniform procedures for establishing an adequate level of support for children, and for repayment of child support arrears, subject to the ability of parents to pay.
(2) To make awards more equitable by ensuring the consistent treatment of persons in similar circumstances.
(3) To improve the efficiency of the court process by promoting settlements and by giving courts and the parties guidance in setting the levels of awards.
(4) To conform to applicable federal and state statutory and regulatory mandates. State of Connecticut, Commission for Child Support
Income Shares Model (Based on the Earning of the Parents)
The Income Shares Model believes that the child should receive the same proportion of parental income as he or she would have received if the parents lived together. Underlying the income shares model, therefore, is the policy that the parents should bear any additional expenses resulting from the maintenance of two separate households instead of one, since it is not the child’s decision for the divorce.
The child support guidelines are based on net income, which is defined as gross income less taxes and less deductions for health insurance and mandatory retirement plans. For multiple job holders or persons who usually work overtime, the child support guidelines are based on 45 hours of work per week. The earning beyond 45 hours is not included in child support calculations.
The calculations are based on the earning capacity of the parents rather than the actual earning.
Child Support Limit
Child support is paid until a child turns 18. However, if the child is still in high school when he or she turns 18, child support is paid until the child graduates or turns 19, whichever occurs first.
Can an Unmarried Parent Get Child Support?
An unmarried parent can get child support from the child’s other parent. This is often done in magistrate court through the bureau of child support.
What Happens if the Parent Fails to Provide Child Support?
If a parent fails to pay child support without good reason, then they lose their driver’s license and occupational licenses, and can have tax returns, personal injury settlements, and workers compensation payments attached to pay the overdue support.
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