Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

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Child Support Guidelines for High-Income Payers

If the paying parent's income for child support is more than $84,000/year, the court may use the high-income payer guidelines.

  • The Percentage Standard will determine support for the first $84,000 of income
  • A second set of guidelines are applied to the income between $84,000 and $150,000/year
  • A third set of guidelines are applied to income of more than $150,000/year
Paying Parent's Monthly Income 1 child 2 children 3 children 4 children 5 children
First $7,000 of income 17% 25% 29% 31% 34%
Income between $7,000 and $12,500 14% 20% 23% 25% 27%
Income above $12,500 10% 15% 17% 19% 20%

Example

A parent has an income of $14,000/month and supports two children

Income portions/month Income amount Percent Support for each portion of income
First $7,000 $7,000 x 25% = $1,750
Portion between $7,000 and $12,500 $5,500 x 20% = + $1,100
Portion greater than $12,500 $1,500 x 15% = + $225
Estimated support total = $3,075/month