After divorce, most parents have issues understanding the regulations and how child support must be paid. More often than not, it is challenging to figure out the amount you or your former spouse should be paying.

This is where the child support attorneys at Clagett Law come in to help you protect your legal rights. Our experienced lawyers can help you navigate child custody and child support maintenance payments to prevent any abuse of a dishonest party over the other. It is essential to understand how much child support you or your former spouse are entitled to get.

In Kentucky, the child support calculations are based on the income of both parties and take into consideration if the receiving part has sole or joint physical custody. A percentage of the parents’ joint income is used in the child support formula.

The child support percentages are as follows:

Column Chart Showing Child Support Formula

Unlike numerous other states, Kentucky gives no automatic parenting time credit that can lower the amount of child support.

The only way in which parenting time could influence the quantity of child support you obtain or pay is if the family court considers the visitations are significantly in excess of those typically accepted by the court. The court will make modifications to child support on a case-by-case basis.

That is why it is very important to hire a professional family attorney to represent your interests and rights in court.

Why Exact Parenting Time Percentages are Important in Kentucky

Exact parenting time percentages are important because Kentucky law permits exceptions to be made in the child support quantity if you are approved for special consideration.

The law specifies that the court can differ from the typical child support guidelines, yet does not define parenting time as one of those factors.

What Influences The Amount Of Child Support In Kentucky?

Kentucky’s child support formula uses the following information to calculate your regular monthly amounts for joint custody child support:

Icon Depicting Parental IncomeThe monthly income of the non-custodial parent.

Icon Depicting Number of ChildrenThe number of children under the age of 18 or over 18 prior to graduation from high school.

Icon Depicting Cost of Medical InsuranceThe cost of medical insurance for the children.

Icon Depicting Pre-Existing Child SupportA pre-existing child support or spousal support obligation by either parent.


Parenting time only figures into a child support formula when you could reveal that your overall parenting time is substantially in excess of just what is typically approved by the Kentucky family courts.

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Why Your Children Need Support To Be Calculated Accurately

Paying accurate child support assists your kids in numerous ways, largely because it ensures their demands for physical and mental development are satisfied. Other reasons include:

Icon Depicting Child Support AmountsIt provides a fair way to establish your child support amounts.

Icon Depicting Child Support Amount is FairIt guarantees the child support quantity demonstrates each parent’s obligations.

Icon of Judge's HammerIt is compliant with Kentucky legislation.

Your monetary obligations to your kids don’t end with divorce, so whether you are paying or getting child support, you owe it to your children to pay or obtain the proper amount.

Clagett Law have been helping parents with child support enforcement and fairness for over 30 years. We are experienced attorneys that will fight to obtain the justice that your family deserves. Call us today for a 100% free consultation and get the resources your children need for their future!