# You are hereR U Ready Unit 5: Financial and Medical Support Activity: Truth or Myth Activity: Budgeting for Child Support - Scenario 3

## Activity: Budgeting for Child Support

Below is a scenario that involves child support. Read the details of the scenario and select the best answer to the questions that follow.

(Note: The amounts in each scenario are approximations. An actual Michigan child support order would require additional information.)

Scenario 3:

 The Mother The Father The Child Age: 27Housing: RentsFood: Buys ownCar: BuyingWorks: 40 hours/week at \$22.175/hourMonthly income: \$3,548Taxes (30% of gross income): \$1,064Child Support (Approximately 17.5% of gross income): \$3,548 x .175 = Age: 25Housing: Lives with parentsFood: Parents provideCar: BuyingWorks: 26.5 hours/week at \$8/hourMonthly income: \$848Taxes (25% of gross income): \$210Child Support (Approximately 10% of gross income): \$848 x .10 = Age: 2 year old (in diapers) Lives: With maternal grandparents
How much child support would the non-custodial parent pay per month? (Note: Multiply both parents' monthly income(s) by the amounts indicated.)

Mother pays \$400 and father pays \$100
Mother pays \$80 and father pays \$0
Mother pays \$0 and father pays \$520
Mother pays \$621 and father pays \$85

Which of the parents will be ordered to pay child support?

The mother
The father
The mother and father

The mother has these monthly expenses:

• Car payment: \$250

• Car insurance: \$100

• Rent/utilities: \$600

• Gas: \$80

• Food: \$100

• General expenses:** \$50

• Clothing: \$25

**May include: Diapers, baby furniture and/or clothes when the child stays with you, cable television, public transportation, cell phone, movie tickets, video games, clothes, hair/nails, and/or chips/candy/magazines.

When you are finished, click "Answers."

#### Mother

Total the expenses:

 Child support ordered Taxes Rent/Utilities Food Car payment Car insurance Gas Clothing Other expenses Mother's total obligations

Subtract expenses from income:

 Total monthly income Total monthly expenses Remaining money

The father has these monthly expenses:

• Car payment: \$250

• Car insurance: \$100

• Gas: \$80

• General expenses:** \$50

• Clothing: \$25

**May include: Diapers, baby furniture and/or clothes when the child stays with you, cable television, public transportation, cell phone, movie tickets, video games, clothes, hair/nails, and/or chips/candy/magazines.

When you are finished, click "Answers."

#### Father

Total the expenses:

 Child support ordered Taxes Car payment Car insurance Gas Clothing Other expenses Father's total obligations

Subtract expenses from income:

 Total monthly income Total monthly expenses Remaining money