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Child Support in Connecticut

In Connecticut, either parent may be ordered to contribute child support, with the court considering:

  • the financial resources of the child;
  • the age, health, and station of the parents;
  • the occupation of each parent;
  • the earning capacity of each parent;
  • the amount and sources of income of each parent;
  • the vocational skills and employability of each parent;
  • the age and health of the child;
  • the child's occupation;
  • the vocational skills of the child;
  • the employability of the child;
  • the estate and needs of the child; and
  • the relative financial means of the parents.

Either parent may be ordered to provide health insurance for the child.

These guidelines are presumed to be correct unless there is a showing that the amount would be inequitable or inappropriate under the particular circumstances in a case, according to the Connecticut General Statutes Annotated; Title 46b, Chapter 84.

Connecticut chid support is based on the Income Shares Model, which gives the child the same proportion of his or her parents' income that he or she would have received if the marriage had not failed.

Based on economy studies, the Income Shares Model works on the assumption that the spending per child is in proportion to the household income and the number of children there. In the studies, intact households were used because the Income Shares Model goes by what children would have received had the household stayed intact.

The Income Shares Model estimates the amount of support that would have been available if the marriage had not failed. This estimated amount is then divided proportionally to the parents according to each parent's income. This is easy to do using the Connecticut child support worksheet. Pay records typically substantiate the estimated incomes.

This routine takes into account both parents' gross income and applies a percentage to it based on the number of minor children they have together. The court takes the combined income of both parents and works out the proportion each contributes. That figure is then divided proportionately based on each parent's ability to pay and which parent has primary custody.

If the noncustodial parent has a higher income than the custodial parent, the noncustodial parent would then be responsible for the greater portion of the child support obligation; conversely, if the noncustodial parent has a lower income than the custodial, the noncustodial parent would then be responsible for the smaller portion of the child support obligation.

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Other Expenses and Deductions

Extraordinary expenses are either add-ons, where the expense is added to the support payment, or deductions, where the amount is deducted, and indicated as either mandatory or permissive. Childcare expenses are permissive deductions. Extraordinary medical expenses are deviation factors.

Child Support Enforcement

Information about child support enforcement can be obtained at the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement of the Department of Social Services at 1-800-228-KIDS. The bureau does not "take sides"; it only enforces court orders.

Child support orders may be collected through a court order to deduct money from the noncustodial parent's income (Income includes wages, overtime pay, worker's compensation, unemployment compensation, retirement benefits, etc.).

If the noncustodial parent willfully failed to obey the court order, the court may find the parent in contempt and order him or her to pay a lump sum of money. The person can also be sent to jail (incarcerated) until a certain sum of money is paid.

In Connecticut a noncustodial parent who fails to support his or her children may have a driver's, professional, occupational, or recreational license suspended after 30 days.

In the event of nonsupport, a party can also hire an attorney to file court papers asking for a finding of contempt, or complete and file court papers pro se. The court papers are called Application for Contempt Order, Income Withholding, and/or other Relief (JD-FM-15).

More information about Connecticut Child Support Enforcement can be found at their website.

Emancipation

Child support terminates when the child reaches 18 years of age.

Deviation Factors

Deviation criteria include:

  • other financial resources available to parent;
  • extraordinary expenses for care and maintenance of the child;
  • extraordinary parental expenses;
  • needs of a parent's other dependants;
  • coordination of total family support;
  • special circumstances.

Other consideration includes shared physical custody, extraordinary disparities in parental income, best interest of the child, and other equitable factors.

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