How is child support calculated?
In circumstances where you and the other parent cannot reach a mutual agreement on the financial responsibilities for your child, the child support agency will calculate the child support rate using the below 8 step formula:
- work out each parent’s child support income minus an amount they need to support themselves
- work out the parents’ combined income
- work out each parent’s income percentage
- work out each parent’s percentage of care
- work out each parent’s cost percentage
- work out each parent’s child support percentage
- work out the costs of children
- work out the child support amount
If your child support percentage is positive, then you may need to pay child support to the other parent.
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