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Child Support in Kansas

Kansas holds either or both parents responsible for child support, without regard to any marital misconduct, based on:

  • the financial resources of the child;
  • the physical and emotional conditions and educational needs of the child; and
  • the financial resources, needs, and obligations of both the noncustodial and the custodial parent.

In Kansas, unless the court orders otherwise, the clerk of court or a court trustee receives child support payments.

Specific Supreme Court Child Support Guidelines are contained in Kansas Statutes Annotated Chapter 20, Subject 165 and Chapter 60, Article 16, Subject 1610.

Kansas uses the Income Shares Model, which calculates child support by estimating the amount of support that would have been available if the marriage had not faltered. This estimated amount is then divided proportionally between the parents according to each parent's income. This is easy to do using the Kansas child support worksheet and pay records typically substantiate the estimated incomes.

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

Kansas Child support payments are a court-ordered amount that a noncustodial parent has to pay to the custodial parent to pay for a proportionate amount of the children's costs, which includes housing and utilities, food, clothing, education fees, and other costs.

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.

In Kansas, the noncustodial parent pays child support by wage assignment. Parents can agree to another method, and the judge sets the amount based on guidelines if they cannot agree.

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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. Extraordinary medical expenses are a mandatory deduction.

Child support in Kansas may also include the expense of traveling for visitation from one parent to another, educational costs and some other special needs.

Child Support Enforcement

To contact Kansas Child Support Enforcement during regular business days, call the customer service center toll free at 1-888-757-2445 (TTY 1-888-688-1666, for the hearing impaired). A customer service center representative can discuss support enforcement services in general, how to apply for services, or talk about an existing child support enforcement case.

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

Emancipation

Child support must be paid until the age of 18, except if the child has not graduated from high school.

When the child hasn't graduated high school the child support goes on until the child has graduated high school or turns 19, whichever occurs first.

If the child is physically or mentally disabled, the court may order support beyond the age of 19.

When the parents agree that child support is to carry on into the college years, the Family Law Court permits it.

State Deviation Factors

Private school tuition is a deviation factor.

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