I’m in the middle of a divorce and I am in agreement with a shared parenting plan. However, I do not have an attorney and my husband’s attorney is saying that he does not have to pay child support because it’s a shared parenting plan. Is that true?
In Connecticut, child support is based on the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines. It is very formulaic and essentially takes into account each party’s gross pay, the number of children, taxes, and who carries medical insurance. The information is input into the Guidelines and a presumptive child support amount is calculated. The Guidelines also provide amounts for the division of unreimbursed medical expenses and work-related daycare. The Guidelines have a list of potential deviation criteria and one of those factors is a shared parenting plan. We often do deviate when there is a shared parenting plan because each parent will then have similar food, clothing, and shelter expenses. However, the deviation is not required and just because it is a shared parenting plan, it does not mean that no child support will be paid. In situations where the parties make essentially the same amount of money, it may make sense to negate child support. However, when one party makes substantially more money than the other party, sometimes even a deviation will not make sense. It may be in your best interest to consult with a lawyer about your specific situation to see what would be best for you.
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