|Child Support Determination In Joint Custody
When parents of a child separate legally, the custody involving sharing of physical and legal aspects of that child refers to joint custody. Under joint custody, parents are subjected to share all aspects of child’s responsibilities, including financial and every day chores for raising the child.
CSSA- Child Supports Standards - does exist, but it does not deal with determination of child support in a joint custody. It is handled by the courts separately. The Child Support Standard Act directs the parent who does not share the every day responsibilities of the child to shell out a part of his or her income towards the child support obligations. These are, however, determined on certain factors such as monthly income, number of other children, capability of each parent to support different housing for child, additional expenses on care, clothing, travel, and the state to which they belong. Each state has its own way of deriving the formula. Most of the states usually equally divide the responsibilities to get a suitable amount. Some other states also take into account the total number of days that each parent spends with the child.
In few cases, parents agree in terms of verbal agreement that enables them to evade from the child support once the child is not under any of the parent’s guardianship. While there are some states who believe that even if the child is not under the guardianship of either of the parents, there are some unavoidable expenses that have to be borne and shared by the parents, such as doctor’s payments, housing arrangements, extra curricular activities, and similar on going needs.
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