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Alec
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Child Support w/Joint Custody
      #178569 - 12/19/06 01:15 PM

Hi

We are in Maryland. My wife and I want to share the 3 kids between our homes on a rotating 2 week basis. I will have primary custody. How should the child support payments be worked out? It doesn't seem fair for her to just pay me since she will have the kids half-time. Also, I make almost 3 times her salary.

What's appropriate here?
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Alec


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Re: Child Support w/Joint Custody [Re: Alec]
      #178570 - 12/19/06 01:18 PM

You will probably be paying her.

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Re: Child Support w/Joint Custody [Re: LeAnne]
      #178571 - 12/19/06 01:24 PM

You wont probably be paying her, you will definitly be paying her.

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Re: Child Support w/Joint Custody [Re: Alec]
      #178574 - 12/19/06 01:27 PM

Here's a CS calculator.

http://www.alllaw.com/calculators/Childsupport/maryland

Edited by BlendedFamily (12/19/06 01:29 PM)


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Re: Child Support w/Joint Custody [Re: BlendedFamily]
      #178593 - 12/19/06 02:28 PM

AllLaws' calculators do NOT take Parenting Time into consideration.

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Re: Child Support w/Joint Custody [Re: Gecko]
      #178601 - 12/19/06 03:04 PM

http://www.dhr.state.md.us/csea/worksheet.htm

This is the Maryland Child Support Calculator and is does account for overnights per parent, plug your numbers in to the best of your ability - you should get close to what you are looking for....

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Depending upon the formula [Re: Alec]
      #178641 - 12/19/06 04:23 PM

that your state uses to calculate, the higher wage earner usually pays the lower wage earner some child support DESPITE an equal timeshare of parenting. If your incomes are on a par with each other, then perhaps you will be able to minimize any child support payments. Since you make three times her salary, I believe it will be impossible. What's appropriate is checking with your state guidelines or using an online calculator such as www.alllaw.com/childsupport/calculators and input the approrpiate information. It's a fairly accurate calculator and should give you a reasonable estimate of what your monthly obligation should be.

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Yes they do [Re: Gecko]
      #178642 - 12/19/06 04:24 PM

at least when I last used them, it did. Perhaps it depends on the state.

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Re: Yes they do [Re: Melody]
      #178664 - 12/19/06 05:38 PM

They have the percentages in the states that use percentages. :)

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Alec
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Re: Child Support w/Joint Custody [Re: wehave4girls]
      #178806 - 12/20/06 05:15 AM

Thanks! This worksheet is exactly what I needed. Now, do similar ones exist for calculating alimony? I'm clueless as to this!

Alec


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