Five Realities of Child Support Payments
- Child support is the right of the child and cannot be waived even if both parents agree.
- Judges must deny Divorce Applications unless satisfied that appropriate child support arrangements are in place.
- The Child Support Guidelines are no longer mandatory once a child turns 18.
- Child support may be payable for children over 18 if they are still in school full-time or are disabled.
- Basic child support is based entirely on the payor’s income unless the child is in the care of the paying spouse at least 40% of the time. Contributions to special or extraordinary expenses such as child care are shared proportionate to both parents’ respective incomes after taking into account any tax benefit.
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