Register December 2023 No. 816
Chapter DCF 150
DCF 150.01   Introduction.
DCF 150.02   Definitions.
DCF 150.03   Support orders.
DCF 150.035   Determining the child support obligation.
DCF 150.04   Determining the child support obligation in special circumstances.
DCF 150.05   Medical support.
Ch. DCF 150 Note Note: Chapter HSS 80 was renumbered chapter DWD 40 by emergency rule effective October 1, 1998. Chapter HSS 80 as it existed on July 31, 1999 was renumbered chapter DWD 40, Register, July, 1999, No. 523, eff. 8-1-99. Chapter DWD 40 was renumbered to chapter DCF 150 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635.
Section 49.22 (9), Stats., requires the department to adopt and publish a standard to be used by courts in determining child support obligations. The standard is to be based on a percentage of the gross income and assets of either or both parents.
The percentages established in this chapter are based on an analysis of national studies, including a study done by Jacques Van der Gaag as part of the Child Support Project of the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Madison, entitled “On Measuring the Cost of Children," which disclose the amount of income and disposable assets that parents use to raise their children. The child support standard is based on the principle that a child's standard of living should, to the degree possible, not be adversely affected because the child's parents are not living together. It determines the percentage of a parent's income and potential income from assets that parents should contribute toward the support of children if the family does not remain together. The child support standard determines the minimum amount each parent is expected to contribute to the support of their children. It expects that the custodial parent shares income directly with their children. It also presumes that the basic needs of the children are being met. This latter presumption may be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence that the needs of the children are not being met.
The rules also prescribe procedures for determining equitable child support obligations under a variety of financial and family circumstances.
DCF 150.01 DCF 150.01Introduction.
DCF 150.01(1)(1)Authority and purpose. This chapter is promulgated under the authority of s. 49.22 (9), Stats., for the purpose of establishing a standard to be used in determining child support under ss. 767.225, 767.34, 767.501, 767.511, 767.513, 767.59, and 767.89, Stats.
DCF 150.01(2) (2) Applicability. This chapter applies to any petition for a temporary or final order for child support of a marital or nonmarital child in an action affecting a family under ch. 767, Stats., any stipulated child support settlement under s. 767.34, Stats., or any revision of judgment under s. 767.59, Stats.
DCF 150.01(3) (3) Effect of rule change. A modification of any provision in this chapter shall not in and of itself be considered a substantial change in circumstances sufficient to justify a revision of a judgment or order under s. 767.59, Stats.
DCF 150.01 Note Note: A modification of any provision in this chapter shall apply to orders established after the effective date of the modification.
DCF 150.01 History History: Cr. Register, January, 1987, No. 373, eff. 2-1-87; r. (2) (b) to (d), Register, August, 1987, No. 380, eff. 9-1-87; am. (1), r. and recr. (2), Register, February, 1995, No. 470, eff. 3-1-95; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2003 No. 565; CR 03-022: cr. (3) Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04; corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register June 2007 No. 618; CR 09-036: am. (1) Register November 2009 No. 647, eff. 1-1-10.
DCF 150.02 DCF 150.02Definitions. In this chapter:
DCF 150.02(1) (1)“Acknowledgement of paternity" means both the mother and the father voluntarily signed and filed a form under s. 69.15 (3) (b) 1. or 3., Stats., with the state registrar.
DCF 150.02(2) (2)“Adjusted monthly income available for child support" means the monthly income at which the child support obligation is determined for serial family payers, which is the payer's monthly income available for child support less the amount of any existing legal obligation for child support.
DCF 150.02(3) (3)“Basic support costs" means food, shelter, clothing, transportation, personal care, and incidental recreational costs.
DCF 150.02(4) (4)“Child" means the natural or adopted child of the payer.
DCF 150.02(5) (5)“Child support" or “child support obligation" means an obligation to support a marital child either in an intact family or as a result of a court order, an obligation to support the payer's nonmarital child as a result of a court order, or an obligation to support the payer's nonmarital child in an intact family as a result of adoption, maternity or an acknowledgement of paternity.
DCF 150.02(6) (6)“Court" means a circuit court judge or family court commissioner.
DCF 150.02(7) (7)“Current 6-month treasury bill rate" means the yield of a U.S. government security with a term of 6 months.
DCF 150.02(8) (8)“Department" means the Wisconsin department of children and families.
DCF 150.02(9) (9)“Dependent household member" means a person for whom a taxpayer is entitled to an exemption for the taxable year under 26 USC 151.
DCF 150.02(9m) (9m)“Designated percentage” means the applicable percentage of a parent's monthly income available for child support or adjusted monthly income available for child support under s. DCF 150.035 (2) or 150.04 (4) or (5).
DCF 150.02 Note Note: The standard is based on national studies of the percentage of income used to support a child or children, with adjustment downward of those percentages to reflect costs incurred by the payer for what used to be called visitation under Wisconsin law and is now called physical placement and to maintain health insurance for the child or children.
DCF 150.02(11) (11)“Family support" means an amount which a person is legally obligated to pay pursuant to an order under s. 767.531, Stats., as a substitute for child support under s. 767.511, Stats., and maintenance payments under s. 767.56, Stats.
DCF 150.02(12) (12)“Federal dependency exemption" means the deduction allowed in computing taxable income pursuant to 26 USC 151 for a child of the taxpayer who has not attained the age of 19 or who is a student.
DCF 150.02(12m) (12m)“Federal poverty guidelines" means the poverty guidelines updated periodically in the Federal Register by the U.S. department of health and human services under the authority of 42 USC 9902 (2).
DCF 150.02(13) (13)“Gross income."
DCF 150.02(13)(a) (a) “Gross income" means all of the following:
DCF 150.02(13)(a)1. 1. Salary and wages.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)2. 2. Interest and investment income.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)3. 3. Social Security disability and old-age insurance benefits under 42 USC 401 to 433.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)4. 4. Net proceeds resulting from worker's compensation or other personal injury awards intended to replace income.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)5. 5. Unemployment insurance.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)6. 6. Income continuation benefits.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)7. 7. Voluntary deferred compensation, employee contributions to any employee benefit plan or profit–sharing, and employee contributions to any pension or retirement account whether or not the account provides for tax deferral or avoidance.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)8. 8. Veterans disability compensation benefits and military allowances, including basic allowances for subsistence and housing, but excluding amounts attributable to area variable housing costs.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)9. 9. Undistributed income of a corporation, including a closely–held corporation, or any partnership, including a limited or limited liability partnership, in which the parent has an ownership interest sufficient to individually exercise control or to access the earnings of the business, unless the income included is an asset under s. DCF 150.03 (4). In this paragraph:
DCF 150.02(13)(a)9.a. a. “Undistributed income" means federal taxable income of the closely held corporation, partnership, or other entity plus depreciation claimed on the entity's federal income tax return less a reasonable allowance for economic depreciation.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)9.b. b. A “reasonable allowance for economic depreciation" means the amount of depreciation on assets computed using the straight line method and useful lives as determined under federal income tax laws and regulations.
DCF 150.02 Note Note: Income considered under this subsection is subject to the adjustments under s. DCF 150.03 (2).
DCF 150.02(13)(a)10. 10. All other income, whether taxable or not, except that gross income does not include any of the following:
DCF 150.02(13)(a)10.a. a. Child support.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)10.b. b. Foster care payments under s. 48.62, Stats.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)10.c. c. Kinship care payments under s. 48.57 (3m) or (3n), Stats.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)10.d. d. Public assistance benefits under ch. 49, Stats., except that child care subsidy payments under s. 49.155, Stats., shall be considered income to a child care provider.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)10.e. e. Food stamps under 7 USC 2011 to 2036.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)10.f. f. Cash benefits paid by counties under s. 59.53 (21), Stats.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)10.g. g. Supplemental Security Income under 42 USC 1381 to 1383f and state supplemental payments under s. 49.77, Stats.
DCF 150.02(13)(a)10.h. h. Payments made for social services or any other public assistance benefits.
DCF 150.02(13)(b) (b) This subsection defines gross income used in establishing a child support order under this chapter and may not be used to limit income withholding under s. 767.75, Stats., or the assignment of worker's compensation benefits for child support under s. 102.27 (2), Stats.
DCF 150.02 Note Note: This paragraph clarifies that although the portion of worker's compensation awards not intended to replace income is excluded from gross income in establishing a child support order, the full worker's compensation benefit is assignable for the collection of child support.
DCF 150.02(14) (14) “ Income imputed based on earning capacity” means the amount the court determines under s. DCF 150.03 (3) if the parent has no other income or the difference between the amount the court determines under s. DCF 150.03 (3) and the parent's gross income or income modified for business expenses if the parent has actual income.
DCF 150.02(15) (15)“Income imputed from assets" means the amount of income ascribed to assets that are unproductive and to which income has been diverted to avoid paying child support or from which income is necessary to maintain the child or children at the standard of living they would have if they were living with both parents, and that exceeds the actual income from the assets.
DCF 150.02(15m) (15m) “Income imputed when no or little information is known” means the amount that the court determines under s. DCF 150.03 (3m).
DCF 150.02(16) (16)“Income modified for business expenses" means the amount of income after adding wages paid to dependent household members, adding undistributed income that the court determines is not reasonably necessary for the growth of the business, and subtracting business expenses that the court determines are reasonably necessary for the production of that income or operation of the business and that may differ from the determination of allowable business expenses for tax purposes.
DCF 150.02(17) (17) “ Intact family” means a family in which the child or children and the payer reside in the same household and the payer shares the payer's income directly with the child or children and has a legal obligation to support the child or children.
DCF 150.02(18) (18)“Legal obligation for child support" has the meaning prescribed for “child support" or “child support obligation" in sub. (5).
DCF 150.02(19) (19) “ Low-income payer” means a payer for whom the court uses the monthly support amount provided in the schedule in Appendix C based on the court's determination that the payer's total economic circumstances limit the payer's ability to pay support at the level provided under s. DCF 150.035 and the payer's income available for child support is at a level set forth in the schedule in Appendix C.
DCF 150.02(20) (20)“Marital child" means a child determined to be a marital child under s. 767.803, Stats.
DCF 150.02(21) (21) “ Monthly income available for child support” means the monthly income at which the child support obligation is determined, which is calculated by adding the parent's annual gross income or, if applicable, the parent's annual income modified for business expenses; the parent's annual income imputed based on earning capacity; the parent's annual income imputed when no or little information is known; and the parent's annual income imputed from assets, and dividing that total by 12.
DCF 150.02(22) (22)“Parent" means the natural or adoptive parent of the child.
DCF 150.02(23) (23)“Payee" means the parent who is the recipient of child support as a result of a court order.
DCF 150.02(24) (24)“Payer" means the parent who incurs a legal obligation for child support as a result of a court order.
DCF 150.02(25) (25)“Serial-family parent" means a parent with an existing legal obligation for child support who incurs an additional legal obligation for child support in a subsequent family as a result of a court order.
DCF 150.02(25m) (25m)“Shared-placement parent" means a parent who has a court-ordered period of placement of at least 25% and is ordered by the court to assume the child's basic support costs in proportion to the time that the parent has placement of the child.
DCF 150.02(26) (26)  “ Shared-placement payer” means the shared-placement parent who is determined to owe a greater support amount than the other parent under the calculation in s. DCF 150.035 (1).
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.