Spousal and Child Support
In the state of Wisconsin, child support is calculated according to a presumption that both parents are responsible for maintaining a decent standard of living for their child. The amount of child support is based on the Percentage of Income Standard, which takes into account both parents' income.
The standard percentage for child support is as follows:
- 17% of income for one child
- 25% - 2 children
- 29% - 3 children
- 31% - 4 children
- 34% - 5 or more children
Nevertheless, there are some cases in which the court departs from this standard. Special child support guidelines may be entered if it is determined that it would be fair to the child or/and the parents. For example, if the parties have an extremely low or very high income, if parents share physical custody (meaning, each party spends more than 25% of the time with their child), or if the parents split physical custody of the children (when it is more than one child in a family, and siblings live with different parents).