Wisconsin Child Support Factors

Either or both parents may be ordered to pay child support and health care expenses. The factors to be considered are: (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 financial resources, earning capacity, needs, and obligations of the parents; (5) the age and health of the child, including the need for health insurance; (6) the desirability of the parent having custody remaining in the home as a full-time parent; (7) the cost of daycare to the parent having custody if that parent works outside the home or the value of the childcare services performed by that parent; (8) the tax consequences to each parent; (9) the award of substantial periods of physical placement to both parents [joint custody]; (10) any extraordinary travel expenses incurred in exercising the right to periods of physical placement; (11) the best interests of the child; and (12) any other relevant factors. There are official guidelines and percentage standards for child support are available from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services. The court may require that child support payments be guaranteed by an assignment of income, that the payments be made through the clerk of the court, or that health insurance be provided for the children. The court may also order a parent to seek employment. The court may order spousal maintenance and child support payments be combined into a "family support" payment. [Wisconsin Statutes Annotated; Sections 767.10, 767.25, 767.261, 767.265, 767.27, and 767.29]