When the Court or the Division of Child Support Enforcement determines the amount of support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay, the starting point is the total gross income of both parents and the number of children for whom support is due. Once those numbers are determined, there is a chart that shows the basic amount of support that a child should receive. Additional expenses may be added to the base amount, such as day care expenses and on-going medical expenses. Then each parent is responsible for a portion of the total support in proportion to their portion of the total income. Parents can agree to a different amount of support. However, the Court will have the final decision on the amount of support to be paid.
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