Madison Child Support Lawyer

Under Wisconsin law, both mothers and fathers are responsible for the financial support of their children, although historically fathers more often have been responsible for paying child support to mothers, who typically have had primary custody of the children following a divorce.

I represent both mothers and fathers in child support cases, and seek for them the support obligations that are proper under Wisconsin law.

Like most other states, Wisconsin has adopted Guidelines that are used to determine support, which can be seen here.  As a starting point, courts should consider the “Percentage of Income Standard,” which provides support payments equal to:

  • 17% of income for 1 child
  • 25% of income for 2 children
  • 29% of income for 3 children
  • 31% of income for 4 children
  • 34% of income for 5 or more children

There are other percentages or amounts that may be applicable, particularly in the case of parents that have very low or high incomes.  For parents with very low incomes, for instance, the courts will want to ensure that sufficient support is paid in order to adequately provide for the needs of the children, so the amount of support required may actually be above the percentages noted above.  The child support guidelines also take into account factors such as the parent’s income, the time a child spends with each parent, and whether a parent is supporting other children.

It’s important to note that these guidelines are principles for courts to consider; the exact amount to be paid will be determined by the court.  There are many other factors that may be taken into consideration in determining support amounts, including the other factors set forth in these Guidelines such as the medical needs of the children.  As your attorney, I will seek the support obligations that you believe to be appropriate given these Guidelines and applicable law.

I Help Clients Seeking Support Modifications

Occasionally, circumstances change in which more or less support may be warranted.  As an example, if a child suffers an adverse change in health, additional support may be needed.  It is important to note that courts are primarily interested in the welfare of the children over needs or circumstances of adults.  As a result, if a parent becomes unemployed, the courts will not excuse support payments, as the need of children must still be provided.  If a parent loses a job and is hired for a very different salary, courts may or may not take into account the new salary in adjusting support payments.

If You Need a Lawyer for a Support Matter, Please Contact Me

I offer a free initial consultation, and after learning about your matter, I can advise you as to how Wisconsin law might apply to your support matter.