- Child Support is mandatory. Unless the other parent cannot be located, the non-residential parent will most likely be expected to contribute financially to the upbringing of the child.
- Paying child support does not give visitation privileges unless it's part of a divorce proceeding. If the parents were never married then the non-residential parent has to file a petition to "Establish Parental Rights".
- Child support cannot be 100% eliminated in every case where the child spends 50% of time with either parent. Child support amounts are not based only on the amount of time the child spends at the other parent's house. To calculate child support the money both parents earn, the expense for day care and medical insurance come into play.
- Child support cannot be waived from the residential parent in a divorce in mutual agreement.
- Even if both parents have made an arrangement of how much child support will be given, the child support has to be calculated per the guidelines and then a motion to deviate has to be approved.
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