Are you asking what is the average child support payment? Well, maybe you’ve just been through a divorce and you’re curious. You have children, and you’re working out with a child support calculator how much you might have to pay out of your paycheck. After crunching the numbers, you may still have some questions. Why is the amount what it is? How did the state come up with the calculations? We have those answers here.
But there’s another question we hear often – what is the average child support payment? Like any average, there is going to be a lot of variability. There are those who simply don’t have enough income to pay much in child support. There are others who are more well off, with a lot of income. Typically, however, there is a way to calculate child support. Using the Child Support Guidelines, a court will look at your “adjusted” gross income (your gross income minus any deductions for, e.g., taxes). By taking your “adjusted” gross income, the court then multiplies it by the guideline percentage for the number of children for which you must support. So if your annual income is $15,000, and you have one child to support, you will be paying 17% of your income. Per month this nets out to $212.50 a year, or $2,550 a year.
But on average, the latest statistic we have available comes from the 2010 Census. According to the Census Bureau Reports, the average monthly child support payment is $430. But again, this is just an average, and shouldn’t be used as a guideline to understand how much you will be paying, or should pay, in child support.
If you’re interested in finding out what your support payments should be, please use our child support calculator. And for more information on how you can better understand the child support laws and regulations in your state, visit our state resources section.