Child support refers to the obligation of financial support by the parents for the care of a child as ordered by the Court. By law, parents are obligated to provide the means to support their minor children. The determination of what constitutes a minor child, and therefore the length of child support obligation, can vary by jurisdiction.
Child support can be calculated, based on the incomes of each parent and the expense responsibilities of each parent, using a pre-determined equation in most cases, resulting in a baseline support number. Employment of or variance from the baseline number can be affected by extenuating situations, such as the financial affluence of the parties compared to the reasonable needs of the child.
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