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This is part 1 of a 2 blog series about Child Support calculations in Connecticut. Most responsible parents want to remain financially responsible for their children, however calculating child support is no easy task. We are providing this summary of changes as a tool for parents or attorneys who require understanding of the new changes. On July 1st 2015, the Child Support Guidelines have changed. The following is a summary of all major changes in the new CT Guideline, as published by the State of Connecticut Commission for Child Support Guidelines.

Gross income

(A) Inclusions in gross income

  • Incentive based compensation (such as stock option, restricted stock, restricted stock units, restricted stock rights and other forms of delayed or deferred compensation) if, and, or when vested or exercisable, clarified as Gross Income inclusion.
  • Social Security Benefits Paid to the parent for the parent’s own needs are included in gross income, provided when the parent whose income is being determined receives both Supplemental Security Income and Social Security disability or Social Security retirement benefits, the Social Security income inclusion shall not exceed $5 per week.
  • The commission clarified that Social Security dependency benefits paid on behalf of a child whose support is being determined is included in the income of the parent on whose earnings records the dependency benefit was determined Jenkins v. Jenkins, 243 Conn. 584 (1998)

(B) Exclusions from gross income

Social Security disability benefits or Social Security retirement benefits in excess of $5 per week are now excluded when the recipient also receives a Supplemental Security Income supplement to bring his or her income up to the Supplemental Security Income subsistence threshold.