It Depends on the Parties’ Incomes
Video Transcribed: How much is child support in Oklahoma? I’m Tulsa Family Law Attorney, James Wirth, and that’s the question we’re going to try to answer for you, which is how much is child support? Unfortunately, the answer is going to be it depends. We can talk about how it is determined and give you a little bit of information about how you can determine exactly what it is for your case, but it’s a different case for case.
So, we don’t have a set amount for child support per child, so I can’t just say that for each child it’s $200 a month. I can’t say if there are three kids, then it’s this amount per month because it’s going to vary depending on the parties’ incomes. That’s the primary factor.
We take mom’s income. We add it to dad’s income. That determines their joint income together. We take that and we put it into this statutory framework, the statutory spreadsheet, where based on their joint income and the number of kids involved that tells you the total amount of support.
Then we divide that pro-rata based on the parties’ incomes to determine how much the obligor needs to pay. So, it sounds complicated, but if you’re looking at Oklahoma statutes, it’s Title 43, Section 119, I believe, has the child support guideline schedules.
That’s where you can look at based on this amount of income the parties have jointly, it’s this amount for that child, that amount for the next child, and that amount for the next child.
It is determined based on primarily the parties’ incomes and the number of kids involved, with a few other factors that go into that as well. So, it is very unique to each person’s individual circumstances, but for you that know your individual circumstances, there are child support calculators that comply with Oklahoma law, where you can plug in those numbers to get an idea of how much it’s going to be.
If that’s something you want to find out for your specific circumstances, you’re probably going to want to talk to an attorney about Oklahoma child support. That is something that we can help you out with. Just talk to somebody at my office and go to makelaweasy.com.