Child Support in Wisconsin
Raising kids can be expensive, and your children will need support, financially and emotionally, during and after the divorce. Our child support attorneys can help make sure you’re getting the payments you need for your children.
After a divorce, it’s not just the spouses who are affected by the process, but the children as well. The children are likely to be affected by the proceedings in some way, whether it be having to change schools, move homes or anything that alters their normal daily lives.
What doesn’t change, however, is the fact that your children need financial support to be cared for. Child support can help the custodial parent take care of the children and make sure they get the care they need. As such, it’s important to fight back if you believe your spouse will avoid paying child support or may not pay the full amount.
With a child support lawyer from Karp & Iancu on your side, you’ll have a better chance to fight for the support you need. Your children should receive the full amount required by law so you and your lawyer will need to take action to ensure this.
Calculating Child Support
Calculating your child support in Wisconsin is often not complicated as Wisconsin has set amounts dependent on the number of children you have. Typically, the support is calculated based on a percentage of income by the noncustodial parent. Our lawyers can help make sure you receive the support your children need. Child support percentages in Wisconsin start at 17 percent for one child, 25 percent for two children, and it may be as high as 34 percent for five or more children.
If you have two children and you have custody of them, your former spouse will likely pay 25 percent of their income to help you support your children. If they make $2,500 per month, then they would pay $625 per month in child support.
Enforcement of Child Support Payments
Unfortunately, you may have already had some trouble getting your child support payments. Your spouse may simply be refusing to pay the amount they’re responsible for paying. Fortunately, you have options to seek the payments you’re owed.
Typically, income withholding is the method many people use to get their child support paid. In this situation, the noncustodial parent will have a certain amount of their paycheck withheld by their employer. This money will then be sent to the family. That way, they don’t have to worry about withdrawing and sending the amount themselves.
However, some people may under-work or refuse to work to avoid paying for their child support. If they’re continuously refusing to work, the court may look at whether they’re able to work and what the circumstances of their employment are. From there, they may enforce your child support payments to help you get the payments you need for your children.
Your Child Support Order May Change
Keep in mind as well that a genuine change in circumstances can affect your child support order. For example, you may have been divorced for a few years, but now your former spouse has been injured in an accident. They’re no longer able to work, which means they’re no longer able to provide the same amount of child support they once did.
In these cases, they may discuss the issue with the judge, showing the court that their circumstances have changed, which means that their agreement needs to be altered. If the judge agrees, the agreement will then be modified for these changes.
It can be painful to part ways with your spouse, and your children will feel that change too. It’s a difficult situation, but your children will need that financial support from the noncustodial parent. As such, you’ll need to fight back for them.
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