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Child Support Deviation

Family Law / Child Support / Child Support Deviation

There are official child support guidelines that are presumed to be correct unless there is a showing that the amount of the support award would be unjust or inappropriate under the particular circumstances of a case. Factors which may be considered in adjusting a child support amount are:

  1. special or unusual needs of a child;
  2. obligations for other minor or handicapped children;
  3. other court-ordered payments;
  4. extended visitation or extraordinary costs for visitation;
  5. mandatory wage deductions [including union dues];
  6. disparity in income between the parents’ households;
  7. benefits that either parent receives from remarriage or sharing living expenses with others;
  8. the amount of taxes paid by a parent;
  9. significant contributions from a parent [including lessons, sports equipment, or clothing];
  10. the financial resources and earning capacity of the child;
  11. the standard of living and circumstances of each parent and the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had not been dissolved;
  12. the physical and emotional conditions and needs of the child;
  13. the medical and educational needs of the child;
  14. the relative financial resources, other assets and resources, needs, and obligations of both the noncustodial and the custodial parent;
  15. the need and capacity of the child for an education and the educational opportunities of the child;
  16. the age of the child;
  17. the earning ability of each parent;
  18. the responsibility of each parent for the support of others;
  19. the value of services contributed by the custodial parent; and
  20. any other relevant factor.