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#294133 - 07/17/11 02:01 PM Re: Ridiculous child support [Re: ashleyb]
DedicatedDad Offline

Registered: 09/05/04
Posts: 1318
I don't know how anyone could share custody 50/50, and accept the support with a 10% discount. I'd take it out of the court's hands, and exchange none. I couldn't sleep at night knowing I was a thief by definition, regardless of some foolish law humans have made.

#294134 - 07/20/11 03:43 PM Re: Ridiculous child support [Re: DedicatedDad]
annatof4 Offline


Registered: 07/13/11
Posts: 125
I know from first hand experience having 50/50 shared with joint custody. Mine was not exactly 50/50. Besides, the child support in my situation was nothing to throw up arms about. I was responsible for healthcare. His income was say $60,000 per year and mine $35,000. He was obligated for $300 a month for three kids. Really nothing to throw a fit over. I just had it direct deposited into a savings account, so it could be used for a car or college for the 3 kids.

It is calculated based off of the income of both parties. The courts take the approach that the children should not suffer financially because the parents are incompatible. Thus, with the parent having the latter part of the total income percentage, receives support to help sustain the way of life that the children could have had if the parents were together. As stated earlier, it does not account for separate living expenses.

mom2gr8kids, I would ask the judge to average out the last...say 3 years of your income. Since you just started this new job that pays double. It is not what was "historically relied upon by the parties prior to the dissolution of the relationship" - per the Kansas Child Support Guidelines. It is not unreasonable for you to ask this.

My ex had started a new job that nearly paid double what he was making prior....well he was unemployed for 9 months with no income. The judge allowed to average the income for the last 3 years...which was in the ex's favor with 9 months of 1 of those years with no income. Granted, any time there is a "change of circumstance" a motion can filed.

#294135 - 09/19/16 08:32 PM Re: Ridiculous child support [Re: annatof4]
mcp7322 Offline

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Registered: 09/16/16
Posts: 3
maybn, you must be reading our life story. Very similar situation here, but want to warn others of another financial burden. In Kansas, child support is a ratio based on parental earnings, not household earnings. In our situation my husband's ex-wife chooses not to work and gets child support from my ex and another man (whom she got pregnant with while still married to my husband). She now collects child support on two children when her household income (due to daddy #3) is greater than ours. Courts don't care about household income. On top of that because child support is a ratio, medical expenses are split in proportion to the parental income. Because the ex-wife chooses not to work, the court assigned her an income of minimum wage, so all medical expense are split 80/20, which my ex is paying 80%. Ex-wife intentionally selects doctors not on the plan and bought a pair of prescription sunglasses for $564. We have no recourse except to go back to court and spend a bunch of money. The whole system needs an overhaul.

Edited by mcp7322 (09/19/16 08:34 PM)

#294136 - 09/20/16 12:04 PM Re: Ridiculous child support [Re: mcp7322]
mskelly Offline


Registered: 05/02/16
Posts: 57
mcp7322 I understand that you are probably just offering supportive words, but this thread is over 5 years old.

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