How to Calculate Child Support in Kansas

Guidelines determine your obligation

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The Kansas child support guidelines are rules that determine how much child support each parent must pay toward raising their children after they have been divorced. The rules were drafted by the Kansas Supreme Court and were created to be a fair and balanced distribution of time and money essential to raising children. 

Child Support Calculator

To cut through the nearly 100 pages of Kansas' child support guidelines, you can use the Kansas child support calculator provided by AllLaw.com to estimate the amount of child support that is your responsibility based on the guidelines.

Changes to the Guidelines

Every four years, federal law mandates that an advisory committee made up individuals with considerable experience in child support like judges, attorneys, a law professor, an accountant, legislators, and parents, must review the guidelines.

It takes two years to conduct the review. Also, the Kansas Supreme Court uses an independent economist to provide the advisory committee an analysis of economic changes in the state and nation regarding costs and expenditures associated with raising children.

How Standards for Costs Are Set 

The Kansas child support guidelines are based on how parents spend money on children, which is in the report "Expenditures on Children by Families," prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This report was compiled based on consumer expenditure surveys from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Your Child Support Obligation

Child support obligations are the final determination by the court of how much each divorced parent owes toward total child support.

Many variables go into this figure, starting with the gross income of both parents. Reasonable business expenses, child support obligations for other children, and court-ordered maintenance in other cases are subtracted, and income from court-ordered maintenance is added. The result is referred to as the parent's child support income.

Once you determine the combined child support income, refer to the schedules and round up to the nearest dollar amount. Find the appropriate table for the number of children in the family and their ages; add the total, if there is more than one child, and the result is a gross child support obligation. From there, parents add or subtract for items such as health and dental premiums, work-related child care costs, and other adjustments.

Income earned by a new spouse or other relationship is not considered income. Income from public assistance and child support received for other children in the residence are also not considered part of the gross income.

Special Circumstances 

The court recognizes there may be a financial hardship because of the need to establish a new residence following a divorce. This is factored into the payment schedule as the "dissolution factor."

Also, the court takes into consideration other special circumstances, such as unique tax structure that may affect income or other allowances, such as if the child spends more than 35 percent of his or her time with the nonresidential parent or if either parent incurs expenses as a result of long-distance parenting time. Other situations that could affect your share of child support may be whether you are claiming income tax deductions or if the child has special needs.