Activity: Budgeting for Child Support

 

Below is a scenario that involves child support. Read the details of the scenario and select the best answer to the questions that follow.

(Note: The amounts in each scenario are approximations. An actual Michigan child support order would require additional information.)
 

Scenario 1: 

The Mother 

The Father

The Child 

Age: 16
Housing: Lives with parents
Food: Parents provide
Car: None
Works: Has no income
Monthly Income: $0
Taxes (25% of gross income): $0
Child Support (Approximately 14% of gross income): $0 x .14 =  

Age: 18
Housing: Lives with parents
Food: Parents provide
Car: Buying
Works: 20 hours/week at $7.40/hour
Monthly Income: $592
Taxes (25% of gross income): $148.00
Child Support (Approximately 14% of gross income): $592 x .14 =

Age: 6 months old (in diapers)

Lives: With mother


How much child support would the non-custodial parent pay per month? (Note: For child support amount, multiply each parent's monthly income by 14%.)

 $83
 Nothing
 $100
 $65

Which of the parents will be ordered to pay child support? 

 The mother
 The father
 The mother and father


Each month, the non-custodial parent pays $150 for a car payment and $100 for car insurance. Gas costs $80. Use paper and pencil or a calculator to figure out the non-custodial parent's total monthly expenses. Then, subtract expenses from income to figure out how much money the non-custodial parent will have left after paying the bills. 

When you are finished, click "Answers." 

Total the expenses: 

Child support ordered              

Taxes    

Car payment    

Car insurance   

 

Gas      

Total monthly expenses   

Subtract expenses from income: 






Total monthly income             

Total monthly expenses  

Remaining money

 

Answers

 

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