Saturday, 9 January

Child Support

Normally the parent not having custody (or primary physical custody in joint custody situations) will be required to contribute to the support of the minor children. This could be an obligation of the mother or father, or both if a third person has custody of the children. Under extraordinary circumstances, a grandparent could be required to contribute.
The amount of child support is determined by reference to the Child Support Guidelines, ordering mandatory support at stated levels. A trial judge can deviate from the guidelines, but must give specific oral or written reasons why the deviation is in the children’s best interest.