I have my children less than 25% of the time. How much child support will I have to pay?


Ordinarily, the percentage of an obligated parent’s gross income required to be paid as support under the standard is as follows:

17% for one child;

25% for two children;

29% for three children;

31% for four children;

34% for five or more children.

Special rules govern the application of the percentage standards to the following different types of payers:

  • A serial family payer (a payer with an existing child support obligation who incurs an additional child support obligation in a subsequent family)
  • A split-custody payer (a payer who has physical placement of at least one but not all the children)
  • High income payers (earning more than $7,000 per month)
  • Low income payers (earning less than $1,350 per month)

See the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families website for more tools and calculators to use in determining child support.

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