In the first instance, the Court will utilize the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet to establish child support. Child support is calculated using each party’s monthly gross income, after certain limited deductions are applied.
Special circumstances can exist which would compel the Court to deviate from the application of the Child Support Guidelines. Special circumstances include things such as the child’s on-going extraordinary medical, dental, or educational expenses; the significantly high or low income of the obligor and obligee; and the expenses incurred by the obligor in exercising his/her parenting time.
Joint or shared parenting time does not automatically mean that one parent will not pay child support. However, joint or shared parenting time is a factor which the Court may consider in arriving at an appropriate child support order.
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