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How is the child support amount decided?

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The court decides the amount based on

  • your income,
  • the other parent's income, and
  • the current state guidelines.

The court may order more support for health expenses or child care.

Even if you and the other parent agree on an amount, you still need a court order to get child support or it can’t be enforced.

See How are child support orders calculated? on the Connecticut Judicial Branch website.