Rhode Island Child Support
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Child support is money which a parent pays the other parent or guardian to help support his or her child. Anyone who is a parent in Rhode Island has a legal and financial obligation to take care of their children.
At Inman & Tourgee, our Rhode Island divorce attorneys have been practicing family law for over 30 years. We possess the comprehensive knowledge of the state legal system to help you navigate through the complexities of the law.
Calculating Child Support
The Rhode Island Department of Social Services provides guidelines for child support to help you determine an estimate of your fair share of child support. The state uses the term obligor (noncustodial) for the parent obligated to pay support, while the obligee (custodial) is the one who receives payments.
The following are the factors the courts consider when determining child support:
- Both parents’ monthly gross income (salary, wages, bonuses, commission, pension, severance pay, disability benefits, social security, royalties, trust funds, or rents)
- Health insurance premiums or medical payments the parents make on the child’s behalf
- Additional minor dependents
- Any pre-existing child support payments
As soon as both parents’ adjusted gross incomes are determined, this amount is considered the baseline for child support, which is split proportionally between the parents based on their respective incomes. The court may increase or decrease that baseline amount based on additional expenses or needs.
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