Do I Still Have to Pay Child Support if my Spouse and I Agree?

A component of the child support issues that get raised is, “will I have to pay my spouse child support if we split custody or if we get equal time with our children?” The answer is it depends. It depends on your incomes in large measure. If you are the person who doesn’t earn as much as your spouse, even where there’s alimony involved, we shift the incomes. At the end we look at who has the greater income because the greater income will determine whether you pay child support. Remember, when you receive alimony, that’s income to you. If you pay alimony, it’s deduction against your income. However, in a shared custodial arrangement, child support is dramatically reduced even if there’s a child support obligation. It really is a product of your incomes after alimony is paid, if there’s any alimony at all.

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