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.
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.