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Add-Ons (child support)


Term Definition Add-Ons (child support) - expenses beyond basic child support, such as child care, education and health costs divided proportionally between the parents.
Application in Divorce Each state has its own child support guidelines used for calculating child support. Many of these guidelines determine a basic monthly child support obligation plus additional financial support for certain expenses such as child care, education, and extraordinary medical expenses. If a state does not have a section for these add-ons on the actual worksheet, it is more than likely they treated as deviation factors. A deviation factor is a valid reason to change the basic monthly support obligation. Deviation factors are typically considered on a case-by-case basis by the court.

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