Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

 

 

Child Support Guidelines for Low-Income Payers

kids-group-leanover-camera.jpg

If the paying parent's income for child support is less than $1,485/month the court may use the low-income payer guidelines. Support amounts vary with parent's monthly income and number of children.

Low-income payer guidelines are based on income between 75% and 150% of the federal poverty level. The federal government updates the poverty level each spring. The information in the example below will change yearly.

Examples using 2016 federal poverty level numbers

Monthly Income 1 child 2 children 3 children 4 children 5 children
$743 $83 $123 $142 $152 $167
$899 $112 $165 $191 $204 $224
$1,055 $144 $213 $247 $264 $289
$1,215 $181 $267 $310 $331 $363
$1,485 $252 $371 $431 $460 $505
 

More examples for low-income payers