Does equal visitation mean no child support?

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Does equal visitation mean no child support? Empty Does equal visitation mean no child support?

Post  Admin on Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:19 pm

One of the most common questions we get asked is: If both parents agree to 50/50 custody and neither want to pay or recieve child support will one of the parents have to pay some amount?

You must keep in mind the most important rule is child support serves the best interests of the child - NOT the parents! So even if the parties "agree" not to pay child support to each other, the court will have an independent legal obligation to ensure that your agreement doesn't hurt the kids.

A 50-50 division of parenting time often results in a minimal need for child support payments. But not always! Much depends on your respective incomes, who pays the medical insurance, extraordinary child expenses, daycare, and spousal maintenance. The judge will also consider whether either party is already paying support for other children from a different relationship.

In other words, there are many factors that play an important role in the child support calculation, and 50-50 custody is just one piece of the puzzle.


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