Puerto Rico Child Support Calculator

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Simple Child Support Calculator

To calculate child support in Puerto Rico, we recommend using the 2020 Child Support Guideline Calculation Table. There appears to be no simpler way to estimate support payments.

The 2020 Child Support Guideline Calculation Table steps you through a complex calculation. You may need to work through each part carefully to get an accurate assessment. Unfortunately, the Puerto Rico scheme is complex and a simple, reliable calculator does not appear to be available.

Puerto Rico Parenting Time Calculator

While Puerto Rico child support guidelines focus on which parent is the "custodial parent", parenting time shares have the potential to affect child support. Actual parenting time percentages could influence the order a judge makes or how much parents agree to.

Use this overnights calculator to work out your parenting time percentage. Most states measure parenting time based on overnight stays.

Calculate annual overnight stays

Regular nights
Vacation nights each year*
183 overnight stays per year.
50.0% of parenting time.

* Vacation nights are all nights when the regular schedule does not apply.

How Child Support is Calculated in Puerto Rico

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Child support payments in Puerto Rico are calculated using the income shares only method. Payments depend on the combined income of the parents as well as the number of children eligible for support. A bigger combined income or extra children typically means higher payments.

The amounts transferred also depend on each parent’s income share or income percentage. Puerto Ricans paying the most support are non-custodial parents with high incomes. The biggest receivers are low-income parents with primary physical custody and a high-earning payer.

We refer to the method as "income shares only" since Puerto Rico lacks a well-defined way of adjusting payments for the exact amount of parenting time each parent contributes. A parent’s share of care time is not a detailed part of the guidelines, as is usually the case with income sharing models.

The non-custodial parent is required to pay an amount equal to their percentage of income times the base support amount according to PR child support guidelines. The payment may be lowered if you are a custodial parent at least part of the time. This can become a complicated calculation.

Currently, PR child support is determined by what is called the “income shares” model. ... After determining your total income as a couple, the state computes a baseline for the total cost of your child’s support. Then, the court will look at your percentage of the total income for both parents.

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Puerto Rican child support guidelines apply to the whole territory, including the cities of San Juan, Bayamon, Carolina, Ponce, Caguas and Guaynabo. Variations in support payments may be made by the agreement of parents or at the discretion of a judge presiding over your case.

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