The child support calculators help attorneys and judges determine how much child support should be paid by generating a “guideline” support amount. Judges will deviate from that guideline amount only in extremely rare circumstances since the law requires a judge to order the “guideline” amount unless there is a compelling reason not to.
Child support and “Extremely high wage earners”.
We once had a case where the father earned approximately $1 Million per month. The Mother in that case was aware of the father’s income and expected to receive some extreme amount of money due to father’s extremely high monthly income. We warned all involved that this was not the case. In cases such as these, the actual cost of raising a child come into play, and obviously, the child will receive more as a means of sharing in the high standard of living for a child, but not at the level of the DissoMaster outcome. Programs like Dissomaster, Xpouse, and other child support calculators sometimes calculate a very significant amount of support due to an extremely high earning parent. In such cases, the judge may deviate from the guideline support amount by taking into consideration the general welfare of the child. The judge will not reduce an extremely high child support to the legally bare minimum but in these types of situations the judge will reduce the child support amount to something reasonable under all the circumstances in the individual case. For example, in our case where the father earned about $1 Million per month, the court ordered father to pay $10,000 per month in child support, considerably lower than the DissoMaster calculator projected, making our client very happy.
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