ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR CALCULATING CHILD SUPPORT:
- Child Support Payments. You will need to determine the amount of child support due based upon the Confidential Financial Affidavits you and the Petitioner completed (or by the Affidavit of Imputed Income if the Petitioner did not complete his/her own Confidential Financial Affidavit). You may use the Child Support Computation Form as a guide to help you calculate the support due. Another option is to go online to: http://www.laramiecounty.com/_departments/_district_court/calculator.aspx to calculate child support.
- You CANNOT agree that no support will be paid. The statutes allow for a reduced amount of support when you agree on joint physical custody and each parent keeps the child(ren) overnight for more than forty percent (40%) of the year and both parents contribute substantially to the expenses of the children in addition to the payment of child support.
Where the combined net monthly income of both parents is less than eight hundred forty-six dollars ($846.00), the non-custodial parent has to pay twenty-two percent (22%) of his/her net income for one (1) child and twenty-five percent (25%) of his/her net income for two (2) or more children, but the minimum amount of child support a person has to pay cannot be less than fifty dollars ($50.00) per month for each family unit in which there are children to whom the noncustodial parent owes a duty of support.
There are NO DEVIATIONS from the presumed support allowed UNLESS the Court CHOOSES to deviate from the set amount because the amount was unjust or inappropriate in the particular case. The Court must include the specific reasons for deviation in the Order.
NO AGREEMENTS FOR LESS THAN THE PRESUMED SUPPORT CAN BE APPROVED IF GOVERNMENT OR STATE BENEFITS (SUCH AS TITLE 19, KID CARE, FOOD STAMPS, POWER, ETC.) ARE BEING PROVIDED ON BEHALF OF ANY CHILD. This means the Court cannot lower the amount of child support calculated by using the net income of you and the Petitioner even if you and the Petitioner agree to a lower amount of support.
Medical Support. The law requires that medical support for the child(ren) be included as part of any child support order. The Court shall order either or both of the parents to provide medical support, if insurance can be obtained at a reasonable cost and the benefits under the insurance policy are accessible to the children. This may include dental, optical or other health care needs for the child(ren). In addition, the Court will order that any medical expenses not covered by insurance and any deductible amount on the required insurance coverage be paid by one or both parents. If both parents are ordered to pay for expenses not covered by insurance, the Court will specify the proportion for which each parent is responsible (for example, 50% to Plaintiff and 50% to Defendant).