Child Support Determination
A Child Support Determination is based upon the Idaho Child Support Guidelines (ICSG). These guidelines are based on the idea that a child should receive the same proportion of parental income that he or she would have received if the parents lived together. For example, if Harry and Wendy have a child, Charles, and Harry earns $40,000 per year and Wendy earns $60,000 per year, the child support guidelines assume that when Harry and Wendy are together, that Harry contributes 40% of Charles’ care and Wendy contributes 60% of Charles’ care. The guidelines assume that if Harry and Wendy are no longer together and Charles spends one-half of his time with Harry and one-half of his time with Wendy, that Harry will pay for 40% of Charles’ care and Wendy will pay for 60% of his care.
The guidelines were based upon economic estimates of the cost of raising children derived from national data developed by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The basic inputs in determining child support are the adjusted income of the father, the adjusted income of the mother, and the number of overnights the child spends with each parent. There are a number of child support calculating programs on the Internet. I have such a program available, and I can provide you with an estimate of your child support during my initial free consultation.
The Court may modify an initial child support determination if there has been a substantial and material change of circumstances since the last child support determination.