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 3:

The Mother

The Father

The Child

Age: 27
Housing: Rents
Food: Buys own
Car: Buying
Works: 40 hours/week at $22.175/hour
Monthly income: $3,548
Taxes (30% of gross income): $1,064
Child Support (Approximately 17.5% of gross income): $3,548 x .175 =  

Age: 25
Housing: Lives with parents
Food: Parents provide
Car: Buying
Works: 26.5 hours/week at $8/hour
Monthly income: $848
Taxes (25% of gross income): $210
Child Support (Approximately 10% of gross income): $848 x .10 =

Age: 2 year old (in diapers)

Lives: With maternal grandparents

How much child support would the non-custodial parent pay per month? (Note: Multiply both parents' monthly income(s) by the amounts indicated.)

 Mother pays $400 and father pays $100
 Mother pays $80 and father pays $0
 Mother pays $0 and father pays $520
 Mother pays $621 and father pays $85

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

 The mother
 The father
 The mother and father

The mother has these monthly expenses:

  • Car payment: $250

  • Car insurance: $100

  • Rent/utilities: $600

  • Gas: $80

  • Food: $100

  • General expenses:** $50

  • Clothing: $25

**May include: Diapers, baby furniture and/or clothes when the child stays with you, cable television, public transportation, cell phone, movie tickets, video games, clothes, hair/nails, and/or chips/candy/magazines.

When you are finished, click "Answers."

Mother

Total the expenses:

Child support ordered              

 

Taxes    

 

Rent/Utilities

 

Food 

 

Car payment    

 

Car insurance

Gas

Clothing

Other expenses

Mother's total obligations

 




Subtract expenses from income:

Total monthly income             

Total monthly expenses  

Remaining money

 

Answers

 

 

The father has these monthly expenses:

  • Car payment: $250

  • Car insurance: $100

  • Gas: $80

  • General expenses:** $50

  • Clothing: $25

**May include: Diapers, baby furniture and/or clothes when the child stays with you, cable television, public transportation, cell phone, movie tickets, video games, clothes, hair/nails, and/or chips/candy/magazines.

When you are finished, click "Answers."

Father

Total the expenses:

Child support ordered              

 

Taxes    

 

Car payment    

Car insurance

Gas

Clothing

 

Other expenses

Father's total obligations




Subtract expenses from income:

Total monthly income             

Total monthly expenses  

Remaining money

 

Answers


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