Child support is money paid from one party to the other when the parties cease living together. There are two types of support payments: base support and extra expenses. While the Federal Child Support Guidelines determine base support, the extra expenses can be a bit of a grey area. At Jones Divorce Mediation we are experienced in helping separating couples determine child support.
There is no shortage of ways to refer to child support payments. The two basic components to child support are a base amount of child support and “special” or “extraordinary” expenses. The first component, the base amount, sometimes referred to as the “basic” monthly amount, the “table” amount or “section 3” support in reference to the specific provision in the legislation, is set according to the income of the payor parent. This category of child support is intended to cover just that: basic expenses for a child including food, shelter and clothing, basic transportation, educational and extracurricular needs.
The second component is commonly referred to as “extraordinary” expenses. These are meant to cover expenses for a child over and above basic needs. The cost of extraordinary expenses is shared between the parties, typically in proportion to their incomes. Extraordinary expenses, or “section 7” expenses according to the Federal Child Support Guidelines, are determined both by whether they are included in the list set out by the legislation and if so, whether they are reasonable and necessary given the family’s means and circumstances.
The list of special and extraordinary expenses are:
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