How much child support is to be paid?
The Commonwealth of Kentucky has devised and developed child support guidelines for determining the amount of child support to be paid in a particular case. These schedules include a number of factors including gross income of the parties, health care costs, child care or babysitting expenses and prior Court orders regarding children for which a party is ordered to pay child support.
The Court does provide for a deviation from the schedule if such deviation is appropriate and in the best interests of the child or children. However, a deviation from the guidelines normally does not occur unless there is some shared parenting arrangement.
Child support is generally paid until the child attains the age of 18 and has graduated from high school. However, child support is never paid for a child past his 19th birthday unless the child is disabled. In that case, child support may be paid for the lifetime of the minor child.
Child support is often paid through the child support enforcement agency. The parties have the right to request the paying party to pay by means of a wage assignment to ensure that the child support is deducted from the payor’s wages.
Determining child support can be a very emotional and trying time during a divorce. At Busald Funk Zevely, we’re here to help you navigate through this difficult period of change. Contact one of our family law attorneys with questions about how we can help your case.