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Does child support double for each additional child?

As a parent with multiple children, one of your major concerns following divorce is how much money you'll have to provide in support. It's not easy to pay enough support for one child, and you know that you also have to pay additional for your second child.

The good news about child support is that there are guidelines that determine how much you should pay. There is also the potential to discuss what you can pay with your spouse during the divorce and to agree on a payment amount each month ahead of time. As long as you agree, this is something that a judge could approve, though they'd want to see good reasoning behind your decision.

Child support is designed to increase with each child, but it doesn't double with the addition of a second child. The formula is straightforward, which is great for people who want to make sure they're paying a fair amount.

For one child, those paying support pay out 17 percent of their gross annual income before deductions. For two, the amount rises to 25 percent. For three children, the percentage rises to 29 percent, and for four, the percentage rises to 31 percent.

As you can see, the amount you're expected to pay continues to increase with the number of children receiving support, but the percentage that you pay does not go up by the same amount for each child. This helps protect your wages and gives you an opportunity to pay a fair share without having to struggle to live on your own.

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