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Kansas Child Support Guidelines

In Kansas, a child support order is a court order that indicates which parent must pay for child support, the amount to be paid, how often payment is to be made, and whom is to receive it. Since joint, or shared, custody is the most common form ordered by the courts, both parents will contribute to child support. The one who spends less time with the child will likely pay more but other factors, such as shared time with the child, may decrease that amount. Read on to learn more about how child support works in Kansas.

How to Request Child Support in Kansas

There are several ways a parent can request child support, but the majority of cases begin with an application which is submitted to the local Child Support Services office. Child support is then calculated based upon a mathematical formula and a number of additional factors such as the income of the parents, who has primary physical custody of the child, and any special needs. Once the calculations are complete, a child support order is issued by a judge. The following is a quick summary of Kansas child support guidelines.

Kansas Child Support Guidelines

Dense legal text can be cumbersome to work through, so the pertinent Kansas child support guidelines have been placed in plain English in the below chart.

Who Is Responsible?

Both parents. (Kansas Child Support Guidelines Ad. Order #307)

How Is Support Calculated?

Support is calculated based upon a percentage of the combined gross income of both parents after applying appropriate deductions, in addition to a number of other factors. The court can alter the amounts under certain conditions.

What Is Included in a Support Order?

Covers costs for support, education, medical expenses and other reasonable and proper expenses based upon the parties' circumstances. (Kansas 20-165)

How Long Must a Parent Pay Child Support?

Until the child turns 18 or 19 if the child still attends high school. (Child support continues indefinitely if the child cannot support themselves due to a physical or mental disability.) (Kansas 23-3001)


The parent may be charged with contempt and the court may seize money in bank accounts or federal and state tax refunds, garnish wages, or withhold income to help pay for child support arrearages. Licenses may also be suspended and passport denied.

Local Resources

Kansas Department for Children and Families

Kansas Child Support Services Offices

Kansas Child Support Guidelines: Related Resources

Still Have Questions? Consult a Family Law Attorney Near You

Child support guidelines can be confusing, and it may be difficult to determine what you owe or what your child may be due. If you would like legal assistance with a child support matter, you can contact a Kansas family law attorney. You can also visit FindLaw's sections on Child SupportChild Support Modification, and Child Support Enforcement for more articles and information on this topic.

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