In child support cases, the custody order between two parents can help determine the appropriate amount of child support. And, while parents do everything they can for their children, unfortunately some do not meet even the minimal obligations, while others demand more than necessary. Unfortunately, parents find themselves in court when they believe the other parent falls into one of the two categories. Louisiana, nonetheless, often uses the income share model to determine the support amount.
Under the income share model, the court uses economic tables to estimate the total monthly cost of raising the children. The non-custodial parent pays a percentage of the calculated cost that is based on their proportional share of both parents’ combined income.
For Example: A non-custodial parent of one child has an income of $3,500 per month, and the custodial parent has an income of $1,500 per month. This means the total combined income of the parents is $5,000 per month. If the court estimates that the cost of raising one child is $1,500 a month, the non-custodial parent’s income is 70% of the parent’s total combined income. Therefore, the non-custodial parent pays $1,050 per month in child support, or 70% of the total child support obligation.
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