Amount of Child Support for More Than One Child
There is an additional step in computing child support when there is more than one child covered by the child support order. If there is more than one child, the child support amount is multiplied by:
- 1.6 for 2 children
- 2 for 3 children
- 2.3 for 4 children
- 2.5 for 5 children
- 2.625 for 6 children
- 2.75 for 7 children
- 2.813 for 8 children
- 2.844 for 9 children
- 2.86 for 10 children
Allocation of Child Support Among Multiple Children
If there is more than one child to be supported, the law contemplates that the children will not receive equal amounts. Instead, the child support order must allocate the support amount so that the amount of support for the youngest child is equal to the amount of support for one child. The amount of support for the next youngest child is the difference between that amount and the amount for two children, with similar allocations for additional children.
However, this provision is inapplicable if there are different time-sharing arrangements for different children or if the court determines that the allocation is inappropriate.
With that said, this provision does not apply to calculate the hardship deduction. In calculating the hardship deduction, the amount of support per child is the total amount ordered divided by the number of children.