– from Roy F. in Barton, WI

Question Details:

My wife and I are going through a divorce. We agreed it is best for our children if I have placement and custody. Even though I can support our children and myself, I still feel my wife should have to pay some sort of child support. What do courts consider when reviewing child support?

Family Law Attorney Response:

Thank you for your question regarding child support. It is important to know the courts try to look at the same factors to determine child support.

In the case of Drier v. Drier, 119 Wis.2d 312, 351 N.W.2d 754 (Ct. App. 1984), the court set out factors to be assessed to determine whether child support is necessary. There are factors for both the custodial and noncustodial parent. The factors reviewed for the custodial factors include the parent’s assets and income, special needs from a parent, age and health of parent and children. The factors of noncustodial parents reviewed include his/her income, assets and debts, age and health.

Click here to learn more on child support factors.

If after looking over these factors you feel there is a strong case for an award of child support, give me a call so we can discuss the next step.

Dan Exner, J.D.

Family Law Attorney

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