What happens if the court sends a summons regarding Child Support?

  • People receiving a summons to pay child support should know that in Delaware, child support is based solely on income. Income is looked at based on what their employment should be, accounting for age, experience and job history – for both parties involved.
  • A formula – the Melson formula – is used to calculate all of this (it’s available online). Certain credits are allowed, such as union dues, insurance and taxes, but the Melson formula rules.