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Frequently asked questions about child support in Connecticut

When the parents of a child separate, the non-custodial parent is generally tasked with paying the custodial parent child support. This money is to help the custodial parent with the expenses of child-rearing, and as most parents will tell you, it can become very expensive.

Below you will find some of the most common questions about child support in Connecticut.

-- What does the court consider when determining the amount of child support? The court will consider the incomes of both parents and the Connecticut guidelines. More support could be ordered to help pay for childcare or health expenses.

-- How much is child support if my take-home pay is under $1,000 a week? If you have one child, the child support payment will be about 25 percent of your take-home pay. For two children, it will be about 35 percent of your take-home pay. If you have three children, it will be about 40 percent of your take-home pay.

-- Can I still see my child if I get behind in child support? Yes, even if your child support payments are in arrears, you still have a right to see your child.

-- Can I ask the court to modify the amount of child support I pay? A modification of child support can be requested by petitioning the court. A big change in financial circumstances usually has to occur, such as a job loss, a medical problem that leaves you unable to work as much or the child is now living with you.

These are just a few of the common questions about child support in Connecticut. If you have additional concerns, an experienced attorney can help.

Source: CTlawhelp.org, "Paying Child Support in Connecticut," accessed July 01, 2016

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