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Child Support Amounts

The amount of child support paid by noncustodial parents is determined at the state level, but some general guidelines can be applied universally. Some states allow their judges a lot of leeway in setting the actual amount, as long as the general state guidelines are followed. Others have very strict guidelines that leave the judges very little discretion. The factors usually include the needs of the child -- including health insurance, education, day care, and special needs; and the income and needs of the custodial parent. But the paying parent's ability to pay can also come into play. The following articles and state-specific resources cover child support guidelines, how to calculate child support amounts and related information.
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