Wisconsin Child Support Calculator: How Much Should You Pay

Child Support Payments Wisconsin Child Support Calculator: How Much Should You Pay

Wisconsin Child Support Calculator: How Much Should You Pay

Reaching a point where reconciliation is no longer viable with your partner with whom you have sired a child or children together can be devastating. This is especially true considering the number of care children require to grow well in Wisconsin or any other state. If you're the custodial parent, you'll need child support from the other parent. And in that case, the Wisconsin child support calculator can help the two of you, the WI child support agency or the court, come up with an amicable amount the payor should be paying monthly.

On the other hand, if you are the one who should make the child support payment, you'd want to know how much exactly you're required to pay according to Wisconsin child support law. Besides that, you'd want to know if there are any means you can get part of your child support debt waived if you're experiencing a financial predicament.

No matter the case, DoNotPay got your back! We help parents in all counties within WI and beyond successfully demand child support from their exes without much stress. We can also file a request on your behalf to your local child support agency to appeal to them to lower your child support arrears.

How is Child Support Calculated in Wisconsin?

According to Wisconsin guidelines, the responsibility of child support is left to the noncustodial parent. Noncustodial means that they spend less than 50% with the kid. Here, the assumption is that the custodial parent automatically supports the child because they live with them most of the time.

Furthermore, the Wisconsin child support calculator uses the payor's total income to calculate the child support due every month. This income can include net salary, commissions, bonuses, tips, interests paid on assets, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, retirement contributions, social services disability payments, and any other source the agency or court may determine.

Child Support Percentage in WI

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (WDCF) provides a child support calculator parents can use to estimate child support. Once they agree on the amount, the agency or the court can issue a payment order that makes it official.

Besides, the court will determine the child support the paying parents should pay where the parents are unable to decide. Typically, the Wisconsin child support calculator uses the standard percentage model based on the number of children.:

PercentageNumber of Children
17%1 child
25%2 children
29%3 children
31%4 children
34%5 children

Other deviating factors are also considered, becoming key determinants of the amount of child support the paying partner is responsible for. They include

  • Serial family parents, i.e., a parent supporting more than one family.
  • High-income and low-income payers.
  • Shared custody — where the court grants each parent more than 25% of the child's guardianship.
  • Split-custody —each parent has custody of at least one child from the same union.
  • A combination of split and shared placement.

Getting Child Support in WI

If you're trying to get child support from your ex, there are various methods you can use.

  1. You can sit down with your ex-spouse (if they are cooperative) and agree together on how much the payer should pay. In Wisconsin, you can use the online calculator provided by the WDCF. You can also introduce a mediation partner to make the agreement process more straightforward.
  1. If you're married and you or your partner is filing for a divorce, be sure to include the request for child support in your divorce petition.
  1. If you are not married, then in most cases, you'll need to approach a Wisconsin child support agency in your county, file a petition in court, or both to get a child support order issued. However, know that you'll first need to inform the other parents about the child support request. The agency comes in handy here, especially in helping locate disappeared parents and also reach them if you don't know their address.

Next Steps After Getting a Child Support Order in Wisconsin

Mainly, the courts or agencies will order the child support to be deducted from the wages by the payer's employer. However, when the source of income is self-employment or other means, the paying parent can make payments using different methods. The latter usually leads to some failing to make those payments. If that is the case you're dealing with currently, DoNotPay can help you write an on-point demand letter and deliver it to the defaulter.

Otherwise, if you're the payer but have accumulated a large portion of child support arrears, we can help you request a waiver.

Demand Child Support Using DoNotPay

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 3 easy steps:

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


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


  1. 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.


And that's it! DoNotPay will file the demand letter on your behalf. If you don't hear back or see the payment within two weeks of delivery, you can escalate the case to court.

Lower Your WI Child Support Payments With DoNotPay

Facing a financial hardship and can't pay all the interests due on child support payments? DoNotPay can help with just 3 simple steps.

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and select the state your child support agreement was established in.
  2. Answer a series of questions about your current financial situation and your past payments to help guide the application.
  3. Confirm your current contact information, and enter the location of the county court that established your child support agreement, so we can mail your request on your behalf!

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