Well, KRS 403.211 provides that In KY, we have guidelines that constitute a rebuttable presumption for the establishment or modification of CS in KY. Those guidelines are found in KRS 403.212.
This Lesson addresses the next question:
How is Kentucky child support calculated under the guidelines?
The calculations are done automatically based on the monthly gross income of the parties via a website, www.csws.chfs.ky.gov.
I have prepared for a better understanding a sample worksheet (Exhibit 3) to calculate the support for the two children of our hypothetical couple, Mother and Father. For our purposes here, Mother earns $3,000 per month in gross income, and Father earns $6,000 per month. As you can see, in this case, Father would be required to pay Mother $967 per month in child support only.
Please note that a bold red line has been drawn under the entries on the worksheet for base monthly support. Frequently, a parent (and occasionally even a lawyer) looks at the bottom line, paragraph 13, and gets confused about the amount of "child support" which must be paid. The amount of "child support" to be paid here is $967, Father's percentage of the total "Base Monthly Support," or 66.7 % of $1,450. The significance of this distinction will be explained in later Lessons.
Now you know a little bit about how child support is calculated in Kentucky under the guidelines.