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No matter what situation gives rise to the need for child support, it might help to think of the legal right to child support as being possessed by a child (which it technically is), for his or her proper care and upbringing, regardless of who actually receives child support payments.
Child support orders issued by a court base the amount of support on the state child support guidelines. These guidelines establish the amount of support that must be paid, based largely on both parent’s income and the number of children. The court may also take into account other relevant factors, and the needs of the children.
The court can deviate from the guidelines if there are significant reasons for doing so. The fact that the custodial parent has a high income does not itself justify deviation from the guidelines, because under the law children have the right to benefit from both parents’ incomes. Child support can be increased if there is a change in circumstances justifying the increase, such as an increase in the payer’s income or the cost of living, a decrease in the custodial parent’s income, or an increase in the child’s needs. Similarly, the amount can be reduced if the circumstances justify the reduction.
If you are facing a potential child support issue or dispute, whether due to divorce or as a single parent, Christina Maas can help by zealously representing you in your child support proceeding and will work to obtain the best possible result.