Kansas Child Support Guidelines

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In Kansas, a child support order is a court order that indicates which parent must pay for child support, the amount to be paid, how often payment is to be made, and who is to receive it. Typically, child support comes in the form of money paid by a parent who does not have physical custody of the child to the parent who does have custody. Read on to learn more about how child support works in Kansas.  

How to Request Child Support in Kansas

There are several ways a parent can request child support, but the majority of cases begin with an application which is submitted to the local Child Support Services office. Child support is then calculated based upon a mathematical formula and a number of additional factors such as the income of the parents, who has physical custody of the child, and any special needs. Once the calculations are complete, a child support order is issued by a judge. The following is a quick summary of Kansas child support guidelines.

Kansas Child Support Guidelines

The following table outlines child support guidelines in Kansas.

Code Sections

KAN. STAT. ANN §§ 20-165, 23-2215, 23-2217 and 38-2277

Who Is Responsible? Both parents.
How Is Support Calculated?

Calculated based upon a percentage of the combined gross income of both parents after applying appropriate deductions.

What Is Included in a Support Order? Covers costs for support, education, medical expenses and other reasonable and proper expenses based upon the parties' circumstances.
How Long Must a Parent Pay Child Support? Until the child turns 18 or 19 if the child still attends high school. (Child support continues indefinitely if the child cannot support themselves due to a physical or mental disability.)
Penalties

The parent may be charged with contempt and the court may seize money in bank accounts or federal and state tax refunds, garnish wages, or withhold income to help pay for child support arrearages. Licenses may also be suspended and passport denied.

Local Resources

Kansas Department for Children and Families

Kansas Child Support Services Offices

Kansas Child Support Guidelines: Related Resources

Child support guidelines can be confusing and it may be difficult to determine what you owe or what your child may be due. If you would like legal assistance with a child support matter, you can contact a Kansas family law attorney. You can also visit FindLaw’s sections on Child Support, Child Support Modification, and Child Support Enforcement for more articles and information on this topic.

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