Child support is considered to be the right of the child and is perhaps the only definite area in family law. An access parent must pay child support to the parent with whom the child resides. The monthly amount is determined in accordance with the Child Support Guidelines.
The Child Support Guidelines were introduced in 1997 to remove argument and conflict between the parents regarding the amount. The Child Support Guidelines include a straightforward chart that states how much an access parent has to pay in child support for his or her child/ren. The amount is not based solely on the child’s needs, but rather on the lifestyle that the payor parent’s income can provide. Plainly speaking, the higher your income, the higher your child support obligation, and the more children you have, the more child support you will pay. The Federal Child Support Guidelines are found here.
Unless the parties have shared parenting or the payor parent can make a successful claim for undue financial hardship, the non-resident parent will be required to pay child support in accordance with the Child Support Guidelines.
Since it is considered a right of the child, child support payments are not deductible from the income of the payor parent nor are the amounts taxed in the hands of the recipient parent.
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