University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Use of Wisconsin’s Child Support Guidelines in Shared Placement Cases

The Wisconsin child support guidelines, which base awards on a percentage of the noncustodial parent’s gross income, specify adjustments for cases in which (1) the noncustodial parent has a previous support order, (2) some children are placed with one parent, some with the other (“split placement”), and (3) a child spends part of the time with one parent, some with the other (“shared placement”). Placement may be equally or unequally shared. In this report the author examines the use of the guidelines in shared placement cases, using data from the Wisconsin Court Record Database for two time periods: (1) under the September 1987 standard and (2) under the March 1995 standard.


Child Support, Child Support Policy Research, Custody & Placement, Guidelines