Detailing Kentucky's child support guidelines

People often go into divorce proceedings in Covington with a "go for broke" attitude, thinking that a way to exact punishment on their ex-spouses is to attempt to collect an inordinate amount of support from them. They might believe that the amount the court will oblige their ex-spouses to pay in areas such as child support is left up to them. In reality, every cent of the $33.7 billion that the U.S. Census Bureau reported as being owed in 2015 was determined by state courts (completely independent of the motives and feelings of the parties involved). 

Kentucky has established its own guidelines for determining child support obligations. Per Section 403.212 of the state's Revised Statutes, child support is determined based off the parents' combined gross income. This includes: 

  • Salaries, wages, sales commissions and bonuses 
  • Income from retirement and pension funds
  • Severance pay and unemployment benefits 
  • Social Security Disability and workers' compensation benefits
  • Income generated through investment accounts and real estate holdings
  • Gifts, prizes, and alimony or maintenance payments

The court also considers if one or both parents are intentionally unemployed or underemployed. If so, it computes a child support obligation off their potential monthly income. 

Once gross monthly income has been determined, the court then deducts certain allowable living expenses to come up with a divorced couple's disposable income. That amount is then compared to a predetermined fee schedule, which considers both income and the number of children a couple shares. A fee schedule amount is matched to the parents' financial profile, and that amount becomes the child support obligation. Each parent then owes a portion of that obligation equal to his or her individual contribution to the families combined gross income. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Official Local County Resources
  • Kenton-County
    Kenton County
  • Boone-County
    Boone County
  • Campbell-County
    Campbell County
  • Hamilton-County-State-Of-Ohio
    Hamilton County
  • Clermont-County-State-Of-Ohio
    Clermont County
  • Butler-County-State-Of-Ohio
    Butler County

Contact The Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Contact: The Berger Firm
Office Location:

118 W 5th ST
Covington, KY 41011

Phone: 859-479-2920
Fax: 859-431-1003
Covington Law Office Map

Office numbers: