How is child support handled?

Either parent may be ordered to pay child support, without regard to marital misconduct, based on the following factors:

1. financial resources and needs of the child;
2. standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not dissolved;
3. physical, emotional, and educational needs of the child;
4. financial resources and needs of each parent;
5. destruction, concealment, fraudulent disposition, or excessive expenditure of jointly-held property; and
6. duration of parenting time and any related expenses;
7. medical insurance needs of the child.

Awards of child support are to be paid through the court unless the spouses agree otherwise. In addition, there are specific guidelines in calculating child support payments. The amount of support established by using the official guidelines will be the required amount of child support, unless the court finds such an amount would be inappropriate or unjust. Every child support order must assign one or both of the parents responsibility for providing medical insurance coverage for the child and for payment of any medical expenses not covered by insurance. Unless there is contrary evidence presented in court, the court will assume that the non-custodial parent is capable of full-time work at the Federal minimum wage (unless the parent is under 18 years of age and attending high-school).