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Connecticut Child Support Guidelines

Familiarize Yourself With Factors Used to Determine Child Support in Connecticut

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A Connecticut court uses several criteria to determine a child support obligation during a child support hearing. In Connecticut, parents are obligated to support a minor child until the child reaches age nineteen or completes the twelfth grade of high school, whichever comes first. Here is some more information about elements considered in a Connecticut child support case:

Child Support Factors

A Connecticut court will consider the following factors when ordering child support:

  • Parent's age
  • Parent's health
  • Parent's ability to maintain or find adequate employment
  • Parental skills
  • Amount and sources of parental income
  • Estate and needs of the child
  • Parent's education and expected education
  • Parental occupation

Non-Income Based Child Support Factors

In addition to child support payments, a Connecticut court may order a parent to:

  • Add the child to the parent's health insurance coverage. A non-custodial parent is obligated to provide a copy of the child support order to the parent's insurance carrier within a reasonable amount of time.

  • Obtain a life insurance policy.

  • Cover any of the child's medical and dental expenses that are not covered by insurance.
  • Pay for cash medical support. If a child's health insurance is a public, government plan, a non-custodial parent may be obligated to contribute to the costs of the insurance premiums.

Special Circumstances

In Connecticut, parents who have a mentally-disabled child must provide for the child until the child reaches age twenty-five.

For more information about factors considered in a child support order in Connecticut, speak with a qualified attorney in Connecticut or refer to the Connecticut General Statutes.

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