Rhode Island Child Support Factors

Either parent may be ordered to provide child support, after a consideration of the following factors: (1) the financial resources of the child; (2) the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had not been dissolved; (3) the physical and emotional conditions and educational needs of the child; (4) the needs of the noncustodial parent; (5) the financial resources of both the noncustodial and the custodial parent; and (6) any other factors. Family Court child support guidelines have been adopted. In order to guarantee child support payments, the court may require: (1) income or property assignments; (2) posting of bond; or (3) wage withholding. There is an official Child Support Guidelines Form which must be filed in cases involving minor children. [General Laws of Rhode Island; Title 15, Chapters 15-5-16.1, 15-5-16.2, 15-5-16.6, 15-5-22, and 15-9-1 and Rhode Island Rules of Procedure for Domestic Relations; Appendix of Forms].

Rhode Island child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Rhode Island child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Rhode Island child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Rhode Island child support in the Rhode Island state statutes located at: