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When the dissolution law was recodified by the 1997 legislature, four new mediation sections were added.
In Indiana, both parents contribute to the support of their child. The parent with greater earning power typically pays child support if he or she is not the custodial parent. In deciding child support, the court considers the financial resources of the parent who has primary physical custody of the child and makes every attempt to ensure that the child has the same standard of living they would have had if the parents had not divorced. Other factors the court considers are special physical, mental or educational needs. The court also considers the financial resources and personal needs of the noncustodial parent. Indiana statute includes child support guidelines that provide a formula for determining the amount each parent should contribute to the child's welfare based on their combined weekly, adjusted income.
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