The court will evaluate wages, salary, commissions, tips, overtime and bonuses as income for calculation purposes. This also includes any government benefits, severance pay or retirement benefits. The courts will also factor in alimony, gifts, prizes, and other costs. The court will then affix a percentage which will be the amount you are required to pay monthly for child support.
A parent will often receive credit on the child support formula for child care expenses and providing medical insurance for children. Whether a parent has a preexisting, court-ordered child support obligation will often be factored. Also, a child from a prior relationship primarily living in the home may be considered in how much a parent will pay. Alimony can also be factored in to how much child support a person will receive.
Child support can be changed under some circumstances. If the child support formula is applied and the amount owed would change greater than 15%, this is a basis to modify. However, generally, child support will not be changed if the amount owed would not change by 15%.