How Much Is Child Support for 2 Kids?

Child Support Payments How Much Is Child Support for 2 Kids?

How Much is Child Support for Two Kids?

As a newly-single parent, it can be hard to meet the needs of multiple children after a divorce. The good news is that, if you can locate your former spouse, they are legally obligated to pay child support. You can have child support for two kids at the same time, but the application process can be challenging. Find out  with the help of DoNotPay.

Things can get more complicated if you have to pursue an ex-partner for back child support that they owe. If you're the parent who has to pay child support, you may be struggling to fit this expense into your budget. DoNotPay can show you how to handle both common child support problems.

How Much Money is Child Support for Two Kids?

There is no concrete rule for  you can receive. Some states calculate it based on the shared income of both parents. Other states will only take a percentage out of the non-custodial parent's paycheck.

The set child support payment can also vary depending on:

  • Existing child support payments that either parent gets from previous marriages
  • Which parent is paying for health insurance
  • Union dues on a parent's paycheck
  • Which parent is paying for daycare or private schooling
  • A new partner that can give financial support for either parent
  • The ages of the children involved

The average child support payment per child ranges from $402 to nearly $1,200 in the United States. The government requires child support payments to be made until the child reaches the "age of maturity". Depending on where you live, that's either 18 or 21. These payments typically aren't taxable.

Who Can Get Child Support?

The custodial parent is usually the one awarded child support. This role is often assigned by a judge after a divorce and means that you take care of the child's primary needs. If you have joint custody of a child, you may still be entitled to child support payments.

The process typically involves filling out a long application, sending it off, and waiting for a court order to be finalized. You may also need to establish paternity, but this can be difficult if one parent denies their relationship with your two kids.

The father might ask for genetic testing, which can take weeks to schedule and obtain the results. You might also have problems locating a parent that has moved out of state.

What if I Need Help Paying Child Support for Two Kids?

Child support debt is more common than many parents realize. In fact, almost every state has a child support debt compromise policy. The only ones that don't are:

  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Louisiana

Fortunately, you can also ask the judge to lower child support payments in any state. Parents can qualify for reduced payments if:

  • The custodial parent earns more
  • The non-custodial parent has lost their job or is experiencing other financial hardships
  • The non-custodial parent pays more than what the child reasonably needs (this is especially common for states that use the 'percentage of income' method)

If you need assistance to pay child support, it's important to seek it immediately before you accrue child support arrears. At the minimum, most states will charge you interest on missed payments and may serve you with a fine. If you miss too many payments, you can be held in contempt of court and even go to jail.

Average Child Support Guides by State

For an in-depth look at all the child support requirements in your state, please refer to these guides:

DelawareNew MexicoWashington State
HawaiiNew HampshireCalifornia
MissouriNevadaNew York
ConnecticutArizonaNew Jersey
South CarolinaAlabamaIowa
North DakotaWest VirginiaPennsylvania
LouisianaOregonNorth Carolina
Rhode IslandIdahoTexas

Manage Child Support for Two Kids With DoNotPay's Help

Both parents are responsible for child support, even after they've separated from one another. If one parent refuses to comply, DoNotPay can fix the problem.

If you want to file a demand letter for late child support payments but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in three easy steps:

  1. Search for child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made, and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


This product is consistently quick to complete, easy for both parents to use, and a dependable way to get the support that you need, every time.

Getting Child Support for All Your Children With DoNotPay

Whether you have just one child or four kids to support, DoNotPay can get you the proper compensation. We also make the child support payments manageable for everyone, even if you're the parent who pays.

What Other Problems Can DoNotPay Solve?

DoNotPay can also help you with divorce agreements, writing other demand letters, and even helping your child apply for college scholarshipsIf the task is too complicated to manage on your own, DoNotPay is always the answer.

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