How Do They Decide What My Fair Share Of Child Support Is?

There are a number of steps to calculating child support under the guidelines: Determining income and deductions, using the Guidelines charts, calculating both parents` shares, and taking care of special add­ons, deductions, and poverty tests. All of the steps are very important to doing the Guidelines right. You can help by making sure you bring all of the information and papers you have about your money, taxes, and things like child care and health care insurance to your support hearing or conference. If you bring all of your information, you can help make sure you pay or receive the right amount.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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