Q: Should "monthly adjusted gross income" be used for BOTH parents in a child support order?
Just got the signed order in the mail. My ex's monthly gross income reads $2,177.77 whereas mine reads $2,500.00. Directly under it, my ex's monthly ADJUSTED gross income reads $1,787.37 whereas mine still reads $2,500.00. I sent them my pay stubs so they have all the income information they need. I am the non-custodial parent if that makes any difference. Why does my adjusted gross income match my gross income but my ex's is different? Does that change my child support any?
As per the recent answer, I'll add details for clarification. My ex and I only have one child together. I am only paying child support for the child we have together. She has another daughter from a previous relationship. She, herself, is not paying child support for that child, but she is receiving child support from the father of that other child.
A: On the left side of the form each line is described. it's really hard to confirm what you're talking about without having a copy of the form. But typically there's the gross income, and then a credit if there's another child in the household or if that parent is paying child support for another child. Gross income minus that credit is the adjusted gross income.
if you're not paying child support for a second child, or if you don't have a child that you're supporting in your household, then your gross income and your adjusted gross income is the same because you're not entitled to any credits.
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