Calculate Wisconsin Child Support Payments

Wisconsin uses overnights, or where the children sleep, to determine how much child support should be paid by the non-residential parent. Joint custody payments vary depending on overnights, but for sole custody, the court uses the standard percentage model based on the number of children.

  • For 1 child, it is 17%
  • For 2 children, it is 25%
  • For 3 children it is 29%
  • For 4 children, it is 31%
  • For 5 children, it is 34%

Calculate Child Support

Use the Calculators below to estimate child support payments.
Shared Custody Child Support Calculator
Sole Custody Child Support Calculator

How to calculate child support in Wisconsin

Every state has set child support guidelines as well as several different child support worksheets you can fill out. There are also options when determining child support. In Wisconsin, our support order guidelines help determine the amount due from one spouse to the other in the event of a divorce or legal separation. Below you will find the type of information you need to as well as the percentages required for payment based on Wisconsin DCF 150. First, we need to calculate the paying party's net income. To determine net income we need to add up monies considered income like the following:

  • Wages
  • Overtime work
  • Commissions
  • Tips
  • Bonuses
  • Rental income
  • Interest income

Once the gross income is determined the court will determine the net income of the paying party. This is not done by using tax returns rather the court will deduct social security taxes, federal income taxes based on the tax rate for a single person claiming one personal exemption and the standard deduction, state income tax, union dues, and expenses for the cost of health insurance for the child. It is also worth mentioning that child support is not taxable by the spouse receiving it, so it will not be a tax related issue for the recipient of it.

Wisconsin Child Support Guidelines for Shared Custody

The Wisconsin Shared-Placement formula can be used if the court approves. Typically the court will approve the use of this formula when:

  • if the parenting plan states that both parents will have the children at least 92 overnights per year
  • if the parenting plan states each parent will pay for the child’s basic needs proportionately to the time each parent has placement of the child.

The Wisconsin 50/50 Child Support formula is based on the Percentage Standard guideline in conjunction with the time spent with each parent. The Percentage Standards guidelines are as follows:

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

For a detailed worksheet on how the Wisconsin Shared-Placement formula works download the worksheet here.

To refer directly to DCF 150 review the section labeled DCF 150.04(2)(b) Support Orders. Above is a worksheet we put together to help calculate the amount child support payers will pay in child support. If you need further assistance please contact us we would be happy to help.

Wisconsin Shared Custody
Child Support Calculator

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Enter Parent A's YEARLY gross income (before taxes)

Enter Parent B's YEARLY gross income (before taxes)

Parent A: 91 Overnights

Parent B: 274 Overnights

Example: Forty six weekends (Friday night & Saturady night) throughout the year. 

Parent A: 110 Overnights

Parent B: 255 Overnights

Example: Every weekend (Friday night & Saturady night) throughout the year. 

Parent A: 128 Overnights

Parent B: 237 Overnights

Example: Every weekend (Friday night & Saturady night) plus one weekday night every other week (i.e. Wednesday night) throughout the year.

Parent A: 146 Overnights

Parent B: 219 Overnights

Example: Every weekend (Friday night & Saturady night) plus two weekday nights twenty two weeks (i.e. Wednesday night & Thursday night) throughout the year.

Parent A: 165 Overnights

Parent B: 200 Overnights

Example: Every weekend (Friday night & Saturady night) plus two weekday nights every other week (i.e. Wednesday night & Thursday night) throughout the year.

Parent A: 182 Overnights

Parent B: 183 Overnights

Example: Alternating weeks where the first week parent A has three overnights (i.e. Wednesday, Thursday & Friday night) and during the second week four overnights (i.e. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday night).

Parent A: 200 Overnights

Parent B: 165 Overnights

Example: Every weekend (Friday night & Saturady night) plus two weekday nights every other week (i.e. Wednesday night & Thursday night) throughout the year.

Parent A: 219 Overnights

Parent B: 146 Overnights

Example: Every weekend (Friday night & Saturady night) plus two weekday nights twenty two weeks (i.e. Wednesday night & Thursday night) throughout the year.

Parent A: 237 Overnights

Parent B: 128 Overnights

Example: Every weekend (Friday night & Saturady night) plus one weekday night every other week (i.e. Wednesday night) throughout the year.

Parent A: 255 Overnights

Parent B: 110 Overnights

Example: Every weekend (Friday night & Saturady night) throughout the year. 

Parent A: 274 Overnights

Parent B: 91 Overnights

Example: Forty six weekends (Friday night & Saturady night) throughout the year. 

Parent A's Estimated Payment to Parent B

Parent B's Estimated Payment to Parent A

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Wisconsin Child Support Guidelines for Sole Custody

The court will then use a standard percentage model based on the number of children when one parent has the children for less than than 92 overnights throughout the year. A typical example of this type of arrangement is every other weekend. When these placement arrangements are in place the court will use the percentage standard model shown below.

  • For 1 child, it is 17%
  • For 2 children, it is 25%
  • For 3 children it is 29%
  • For 4 children, it is 31%
  • For 5 children, it is 34%

Sole Custody Child Support Examples

Monthly Income 1 child (17%) 2 children (25%) 3 children (29%) 4 children (31%) 5 children (34%)
$1,500 $255 $375 $435 $465 $510
$2,000 $340 $500 $580 $620 $680
$2,500 $425 $625 $725 $775 $850
$3,000 $510 $750 $870 $930 $1,020
$3,500 $595 $875 $1,015 $1,085 $1,190
$4,000 $680 $1,000 $1,160 $1,240 $1,360

For more examples download the pdf here.

To refer directly to DCF 150 review the section labeled DCF 150.03 Support Orders. Above is a worksheet we put together to help calculate the amount child support payers will pay in child support. If you need further assistance please contact us we would be happy to help.

Wisconsin Sole Custody
Child Support Calculator

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