Federal law requires that each state: (1) establish criteria under which application of the guidelines might be unjust or inappropriate, and require written findings by the judge as to why the guideline amount is inappropriate; and (2) require that the guidelines also be used for any subsequent modification of the award. In accordance with the FSA, state child support guidelines were required to:
In response to the federal mandate, states devised different models for calculating child support awards, including:
Often the court will give credits within these guidelines to parents who pay for the costs of child care, visitation, health insurance, and other costs associated with raising children.
Kirk C. Stange of Stange Law Firm, PC is a family law attorney in St. Louis, Missouri.Back To Top