What is the average child support payment?

What is the average child support payment?

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.

  • Daddsdoinit

    I am active in my child’s life
    His mother decided to throw me out after she had began dating someone
    I moved down the street
    I have my child I would say 35-45 percent of the time
    I support my child I am not absent
    We were never married yet had been together for 9yrs
    I am willing to assist her in any way I can
    But am I responsible for her day to day life
    Or just my child’s monthly needs

    • Matt Hoppe

      You were never married, i don’t see why you would have to be responsible…No alimony payments….Should just be child support, man

      • jossie cox

        If u live in the state of pa being together for 9yrs and acting in a marriage way u may have to support her because pa is a common wealth marriage 7yrs or more I believe

        • Matt Hoppe

          That’s insane…I’m in Boston, Ma….I don’t believe there’s any laws like that here…..I was with my son’s mother for 7 years and we were never even asked how long we were together

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