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The factors that determine child support in Kentucky

Establishing child support payments is an important part of ensuring that a child's basic needs are provided for. In Kentucky, there are guidelines in place that can help a judge determine who may make payments and how much those payments may be.

Under the law, the court will assess the number of children in the home and what the combined gross income is every month for each parent. It will determine how much money is necessary to support the children, factoring in items such as the cost of health insurance and daycare, if applicable.

From there, the court will start to establish how much each parent is responsible for contributing to that amount. For example, one parent makes $1,000 a month, and the other makes $3,000 a month. The combined gross income is $4,000 a month, with the first parent making 25 percent and the other making 75 percent of that sum. Therefore, the first parent may only have to contribute 25 percent toward the amount needed to support the child, and the other may have to contribute 75 percent.

It is important to note that the court can take extenuating circumstances into account. A child with special needs or a parent facing large medical expenses could alter the formula.

The Kentucky Child Support Program can act as an advocate for parents seeking to establish or enforce child support payments through providing the following services: 

  • Determining paternity
  • Locating noncustodial parents
  • Collecting delinquent payments

In many cases, it may be necessary to go to court in order to determine or enforce payments. Under those circumstances, it is imperative to seek the help of a professional who knows and understands Kentucky law.

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