Why Are There Child Support Guidelines In The First Place?

The federal government says that every State must have child support guidelines, and that the guidelines must get updated every few years. Experts believe that having mandatory guidelines gives children everywhere their fair share of support from both parents. This means that children who live with only one parent, or split time between two parents can live as well as children who share their homes with both of their parents in an intact family.

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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