Pursuant to Connecticut statute, the parents of a minor child are required to support that child according to their respective abilities. The amount of child support required, pursuant to Connecticut’s child support guidelines, is based on the net incomes of both parents. In calculating how much child support should be paid, the court considers:
● Net income, including bonuses and overtime, of both parents
● Number of children in the family
● Cost of work-related childcare
● Cost of health insurance for the child
● Any pre-existing child support or alimony obligation of either parent
Generally speaking, child support payments terminate when a child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school but no later than the age of 19. The court may order parents to pay the costs in connection with a child’s post-secondary education, including college, in amounts not to exceed the cost of in-state tuition at the University of Connecticut. Additionally, the court may make appropriate orders of support for any child with special needs until that child reaches the age of 21.