Child support is a designated payment made from one parent to the other parent as compensation for living expenses (i.e. food, clothes, etc.) in order to share the financial responsibility for the child’s care between parents. Child support payments are designated by court order. When one parent is awarded sole legal decision making, the other parent (non-custodial parent) is required to fulfill their child support obligation by making set payments. The parent awarded sole legal decision making (the custodial parent) fulfills their obligation through custody itself. In cases of joint custody or joint legal decision making and parenting time, the support obligation is shared. The calculation of child support payments is based on a ratio of each parents’ income and the amount of time the child or children spend with each of their parents.
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