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** How is Child Support Calculated? **

By Cathy Meyer, About.com Guide

*Question: *How is Child Support Calculated?

Child support is the most litigious aspect of a divorce case. Most issues
that come up during the divorce process are resolved once and for all by
the final decree of divorce but child support and issues surrounding it may
go on for years after the divorce is final. Each state has it’s own laws
and guidelines on how child support is calculated.

*Answer: *

All states have a formula established or court rules that determine the
amount of child support to be paid. Other issues such as misconduct by the
parent or how marital assets are split do not affect the amount paid. State
child support guidelines take into consideration the following things:

· The needs of the child.
· The ability of the non – custodial parent to support him or herself.
· The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the parents not
divorced.
· Provisions for any additional children the non – custodial parent may
have.

*Income Based Calculations:*

In some states, child support calculation is based only on the income of
the non – custodial parent. In other states both parent’s income is
taken into consideration. In Indiana, child support guidelines factor in
the income of both parents and assign each a share of the child’s living
expenses as set forth by the guidelines. However, Massachusetts’s child
support guidelines consider only the income of the non – custodial
parent. Guidelines for addressing


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