Wisconsin Child Support Definitions

In determining child support payments, the court may consider all relevant financial information or other information relevant to the parents earning capacity. The court shall determine child support payments by using the established percentage standard. Upon request by a party, the court may modify the amount of child support payments determined, after considering the following factors:

(a) The financial resources of the child.

(b) The financial resources of both parents.

(c) Maintenance received by either party.

(d) The needs of each party in order to support himself or herself.

(e) The needs of any person, other than the child, whom either party is legally obligated to support.

(f) If the parties were married, the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not ended in annulment, divorce or legal separation.

(g) The desirability that the custodian remain in the home as a full-time parent.

(h) The cost of day care if the custodian works outside the home, or the value of custodial services performed by the custodian if the custodian remains in the home.

(i) The award of substantial periods of physical placement to both parents.

(j) The physical, mental and emotional health needs of the child, including any costs for health insurance.

(k) The childs educational needs.

(l) The tax consequences to each party.

(m) The best interests of the child.

(n) The earning capacity of each parent, based on each parents education, training and work experience and the availability of work in or near the parents community.