Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

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Child Support Guidelines for Split-Placement Cases

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If the court orders the placement of one or more children with each parent, the court may use the split-placement guidelines. The court may prorate the Percentage Standard for each child in split-placement based on the total number of children.

Prorated percentages:

Each of the percentages below are applied to the parent's income for child support

  • Cases with 2 children, 12.5% of income for each child
  • Cases with 3 children, 9.67% of income for each child
  • Cases with 4 children, 7.75% of income for each child
  • Cases with 5 children, 6.8% of income for each child

Example - Parents have 3 children

Parent A - Monthly income of $3,000 and has placement of 2 children

Parent B - Monthly income of $2,800 and has placement of 1 child

  Parent A Parent B
Monthly income for child support $3,000 $2,800
Multiply Multiply monthly income by prorated percentage, based on the number of children with other parent x 9.67% x 19.34%
The parent with the highest dollar amount in this line will be the parent who pays support = $290 = $542
Subtract the lower amount from the higher amount. In this example Parent B will pay $252 $542 - $290 = $252