Kentucky Child Support

How does Kentucky Family Court set child support?  Not an uncommon question when you are going through a divorce or child custody case.  Previously, I wrote about Kentucky Child Support, but it is such an important topic.

First, any parent, custodian or agency “substantially contributing” to the financial needs of a child may seek child support.  KRS 403.211(1).

Second, the Kentucky Child Support Guidelines presumably apply to Child Support in Kentucky.  KRS 403.211(2).  In most cases, Family Court applies the Guidelines.  The Guidelines do not apply if your Combined Monthly Parental Gross Income exceeds $15,000.  Also, they do not apply when the Court may make specific findings about circumstances which render them inapplicable (my child has special medical or education needs, there is a trust fund providing for some or all of a child’s needs, or the other parent and I agree that the Guidelines do not apply, etc.).

Third, when Child Support is awarded, the Court may “…allocate between the parents, in proportion to their combined monthly adjusted parental gross income, reasonable and necessary child care costs incurred due to employment, job search, or education leading to employment…”.  KRS 403.211(6).  The education is that pursued by the parent.

When private health insurance is available, Family Court may Order the parent to whom it is available to pay.  The cost of health care insurance attributable to the children is allocated in the same way daycare is allocated.  KRS 403.211(7).

The cost of uninsured medical expenses incurred on behalf of the children may also be allocated between the parents in proportion to their combined monthly adjusted parental gross income.  KRS 403.211(9).

The Guidelines are set out in KRS 403.212.  It contemplates combined monthly adjusted parental gross income from $0 to $15,000 per month and from one to six children.

A calculation of child support is something your Louisville Divorce Attorney can do for you.  There may be a variety of factors which come into play, particularly if one or both parents are self-employed.  I would be happy to give you a range of calculations.

If your family is going through a change, please feel free to give me a call.  Also, please feel free to learn more at or or if you are not ready to talk.  Thanks for reading.