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Child Support Basics

Jackson Child Support Lawyer

When parents wish to end a marriage, they must resolve specific issues related to their children. They must not only determine child custody but child support as well. These two issues are often intertwined, as the parent who does not have primary or sole custody of the child will likely be required to pay support to the custodial parent. Even when parents have joint custody, child support may be awarded. The goal is to create a situation where the child will have the food, shelter, medical care, and education they need.

As always, the best interests of the child are of paramount importance in family law matters, but court-awarded child support is calculated based off a set formula. Whether you may be entitled to receive or required to pay child support, it is important to have a lawyer on your side to protect your interests. As a Jackson family law attorney, Mark Chinn can work to make sure that your financial situation and child’s needs are properly presented in relation to child support. This can make all the difference in your future financial stability and your child’s well-being.

If you would like to learn more about child support in Mississippi, feel free to call our offices at (601) 202-5594, or continue reading for helpful information.

Calculating Child Support in Mississippi

In Mississippi, the following guidelines are in place regarding child support (the specific amount of support awarded may vary depending on the circumstances of the case):

  • Child support is calculated based on adjusted gross income, in the following percentages:
  • 14% for 1 child;
  • 20% for 2 children;
  • 22% for 3 children;
  • 24% for 4 children; and
  • 26% for 5 or more children.
  • Adjusted gross income is calculated by taking all eligible income and subtracting taxes, other child support, and Social Security contributions.

One of the advantages of Mississippi’s child support guidelines is that support is paid until the child turns 21. In many states, support is only paid until a child turns 18. A child support agreement can also take college into account, as well as room and board while the child is at school.

Careful planning and experienced legal representation are crucial when it comes to child support awards, modification, and enforcement. Jackson child support lawyer Mark Chinn and the rest of our staff here at Chinn & Associates are here to help you with this and all other divorce and family law matters.

Contact our Jackson, Mississippi firm today at (601) 202-5594. We’re here 24/7 to take your call.

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Visitation and child custody issues are the most hotly contested issue between most parents. Our identities as parents are often wrapped up in our children. For us, how well we protect them during the trial speaks volumes about who we are as parents. At Chinn & Associates, PC, we want to educate and empower parents to make informed decisions regarding their children's future—and their role in it.