The federal government has come up with a few mandates that should be used to establish predictable and consistent awards when it comes to child support. Here are some of the categories that are used in the determination of child support.
• Income And Deductions
The income of both parents is taken into consideration. The amount that each parent contributes to the household will be used to determine the amount to be paid in child support. The gross or net income can be used depending on the specific state.
On the other hand, the income is subject to some deductions. For instance, if one of the parents is paying alimony or child support from a previous situation, the amount is deducted from the income. Of course, these deductions need to be court ordered rather than voluntary and they must actually have been paid.
• Health Expenses
The child support mandate needs to identify the specific parents who should be taking care of the health insurance payments for the children. If there are any extraordinary medical expenses, they will be considered as well. There are some guidelines in place, especially if there are any out of the pocket payments that must be made for the child’s health. The amount paid for health care is added to that of child support and credited to the parent responsible for paying it.
• Visitation And Custody Agreements
In determining child support amounts, the guidelines also take into account the custody or visitation agreements in place. A parent with more custody rights will pay less child support. Shared visitation and custody are also considered since it will be less than a case with sole custody and little or no visitation.
A court is always the best way to decide any extenuating factors that determine the overall child support payments, for more information contact a lawyer.