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Child Support FAQ

Q: How will the court determine which parent pays child support and how much?
A: 1. Generally, the non-custodial parent is required to pay child support to the custodial parent.
2. Child support is mostly a matter of mathematical calculation. Your child’s needs are determined by adding the net incomes of you and your spouse, and applying the total to a standard formula.
3. There are exceptions to using the standard formula. For example, the court may decrease child support when the paying parent is responsible for supporting children from other relationships. Or the court may increase the child support when the paying parent receives additional income. The court may order no child support if both parents are to share custody equally.
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In addition to monthly child support, the paying parent may be required to contribute to other child care expenses. These expenses may include uninsured health and dental costs, day care, and education expenses.

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Law Offices of Jason Benjamin
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