The Connecticut Child Support Guidelines establish child support based upon the combined net weekly income of both parents. Child support is payable until a child reaches age 18 or, if still enrolled in high school, until age 19. The parties are also each required to contribute to the cost of unreimbursed medical and dental expenses as well as work-related child care expenses. Other factors may be taken into consideration in determining child support, such as the special needs of a child or where the parties equally share parenting time with the child. Further, supplementary expenses of the children may be considered such as extra-curricular activities, religious education, and educational expenses. When a child is ready to go to college, there is a statute that allows the Court to enter orders requiring either or both parents to contribute to their child’s college education.
Alimony and child support can be paid separately or together as an “unallocated” order. In each case I sit down with my clients to try to maximize the monies available for you, taking into account your individual needs.