How Much Child Support Will I Or My Spouse Pay?

Child support is determined according to the Child Support Guidelines of each state. Child support payments are made until age 18 or when a child graduates from high school, whichever is later. Child support may extend beyond those parameters for dependent or disabled children having special needs that prevent them from being self-supporting. The “basic” child support calculation is adjusted to compensate for extraordinary medical expenses, work-related day care expenses, and certain educational expenses.

Most states do not permit one parent to prevent the other parent from having access to the children because child support has not been paid. Nor can a parent stop paying child support because he or she has been prevented from seeing the children. There are some states however, that condition visitation upon timely payment of child support, although many states abide by this principle

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