Copyright Articles 1996 - 2013 - All Rights Reserved

Minnesota and Wisconsin criminal law, criminal defense, Divorce, custody, Lawyers

Child Support Guidelines in WI 


 General Info

About this Site

Minnesota Lawyers

Wisconsin Lawyers

Link Partners


Ask-A-Lawyer: Questions

Legal Bulletin Boards


Minnesota Bankruptcy


Business & Corporate Law

Minnesota Franchise Law

Freedom of Information Act


Construction Law


Criminal Defense Center

DWI Center


Debt Collection


MN & WI Family Law & Divorce

Divorce Any State

Collaborative Law


Employment Law


Estate Planning Center


U.S. Immigration Center

Canadian Immigration Center

What Type of Visa Do I Need?


Minnesota Juvenile Justice Center


Personal Injury

Minnesota Wrongful Death

Minnesota Medical Malpractice


Minnesota Real Estate


Social Security Disability


Worker's Compensation Center

Minnesota Lawyers  
Ofc. 612.240.8005  
Suite 700  
5775 Wayzata Boulevard  
St. Louis Park, MN 55416  



Wisconsin child support lawyer and attorneys

Wisconsin Child Support
Wisconsin child support, Wi child support, child support in Wisconsin, DVD 40


Summary of Law

Wisconsin made sweeping changes in its child support guidelines effective January 1, 2004.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development said the new rules, which went into effect Jan. 1, are based on the principle that both parents are responsible for supporting their children, regardless of whether the parents live together.

The new guidelines provides relief for the far upper and far lower income brackets. For example, the new guidelines will have people making about $550 a month pay about 11 percent of their gross income for child support while people making $950 a month would pay the current 17 percent.

Moreover, the amount determined for child support isn't based on income alone. The guidelines also take into account is the earning potential of the person. If they are capable of earning $950 a month, they will have to pay the same as someone who does earn $950.

Application of Law

The new rules will affect cases coming before the court or cases being reviewed during the standard family court review process. The revisions will not immediately affect previously determined cases. The new rules are optional. The courts can use the new guidelines or the previous system when determining child support. Each case will be looked at individually to see if the parent qualifies for the new guidelines. The guidelines will not be automatically applied to pre-existing obligations.

Standard Guidelines

The standard guide lines based on the number of children for most child support payer remains the same and is based on gross income.

  1. 17% for one child;

  2. 25% for two children;

  3. 29% for three children;

  4. 31% for four children;

  5. 34% percent for five or more children

If a payer is self employed, the Court may not consider certain business deductions. For example, the Court may add back in wages that are paid to other dependent household members or add in revenue that has not been distributed as wages if it is not necessary for growth of the business. The burden is on the payer to prove undistributed income is necessary for the business growth.

Imputing Income

The Court may also impute income if it is determined that the payer is earning less than the he/she is capable of earning based on education or past earning history. At a minimum, each person is deemed to be able to earn a minimum wage salary for 35 hours per week.

Reviewing Assets

The Court may also look at a payer's assets to determine child support including retirement plans, life insurance policies, stocks and bonds, cash deposits, worker's compensation, personal injury awards and business ownership.

Social Security for Child

If the child receives social security disability based on a payer's disability, that amount will be included in the payer's gross income and deducted as part payment of the child support obligation that applies.

Trust Accounts for Children

The Court may also protect children under the new law by requiring a trust find to be created to protect the child's financial interests. This will generally occur most often for higher income payers.

Shared Parenting Guidelines

There are also adjustments based on shared parenting time. This portion of the law has changed significantly. When both parents have placement for 25% of the time or 92 days per year, the percentage of time each parent has with the child is calculated by including the number of overnights as the numerator and 365 as the denominator. If each parent has the child over 25% of the time, child support is determined by taking the gross income of each parent and multiplying it by the child support guidelines and then multiplying that resulting figure by 150% and then multiplying that result by the percentage of time that the parent does not have the child in their care. The two obligations are then offset.

Example: Father has one child 30% of the time and has gross income of $4,000 per month.

Mother has the child 70% of the time and earns $3,000 gross per month.

Fathers Obligation: 4,000 x .17 = $680 x 1.5 = $1,020 x .7= $714.00

Mother's Obligation 3,000 x .17 = 510 x 1.5 = $765 x .3 =$229.50

Result: Father pays to mother the difference of the two obligations or $484.50

Variable Costs (Child Care)

The Court may also assign responsibility for variable costs related to the child such as uninsured medical expenses or child care based on the proportion of time each parent has the child while taking into consideration each parent's income. Such payments are generally made directly to the parent or a third party care provider rather than through income withholding unless the monthly amount is easily discernable.

Low Income Guidelines

Low income payers pay on a sliding scale. Click Here for the low income tables.

High Income Guidelines

High income payers (over $7,000 gross per month) also pay reduced amounts for their higher levels of income. If a payer's income is between $7,000 and $12,500, the guideline percentage above would be applied to the $7,000 threshold. However, for income in excess of $7,000 per month but below $12,500 per month the following percentages apply:

  1. One child 14%;

  2. Two children 20%;

  3. Three Children 23%;

  4. Four Children 25%;

  5. Five or more children 27%.

If the payer's income is greater than $12,500 per month, the following percentages apply to any income in excess of $12,500 per month:

  1. One Child 10%;

  2. Two Children 15%;

  3. Three Children 17%;

  4. Four Children 19%;

  5. Five or more children 20%.

In Western Wisconsin call toll free 612.240.8005

Affiliated With Attorneys Throughout Wisconsin Ready To Represent You 612.240.8005

Wisconsin Divorce
Wisconsin Divorce Issues

Bulletin Board
Ask a question or
review postings on our
Family Law Bulletin Board

Calculate your Child Support
Calculate Your Child Support Online

Do-It-Yourself Forms
Divorce Forms for any State and More

WI Div. of Econ. Support
Wisconsin Percentage of Income

Fair Child Support Standard
WI Citizens for a Fair Standard

Child Support Books

Getting Results Through Child Support Agencies

How To Collect

Strategies for Collecting Child Support

Tracking Down Child Support

Divorce Book Store
Find books on Custody, Child Support, and Property Issues  

About this Site  |  Minnesota Lawyers  |  Wisconsin Lawyers  |  Link Partners  |  Ask-A-Lawyer: Questions  |  Legal Bulletin Boards  |  Minnesota Bankruptcy  |  Business & Corporate Law  |  Minnesota Franchise Law  |  Freedom of Information Act  |  Construction Law  |  Criminal Defense Center  |  DWI Center  |  Debt Collection  |  MN & WI Family Law & Divorce  |  Divorce Any State  |  Collaborative Law  |  Employment Law  |  Estate Planning Center  |  U.S. Immigration Center  |  Canadian Immigration Center  |  What Type of Visa Do I Need?  |  Minnesota Juvenile Justice Center  |  Personal Injury  |  Minnesota Wrongful Death  |  Minnesota Medical Malpractice  |  Minnesota Real Estate  |  Social Security Disability  |  Worker's Compensation Center


Any information contained on this site is general in nature. You should not rely on any articles, postings or other information on these pages as legal advice or to create an attorney-client relationship. If you are in need of legal advice concerning a particular matter, you are encouraged to contact an attorney in your state.

Any Lawyers referred have indicated the geographic area and the areas of law in which they will accept referrals. This site makes no investigation into the referral attorney's particular abilities to handle the Client's legal matter. Before employing the attorney, the Client should interview the attorney and make whatever investigation the Client feels is appropriate into the attorney's qualifications to handle the Client's legal matter.

Minnesota Lawyers

Sign In

 Sign In