How is child support calculated in Mississippi?
What is child support?
Child support is a method of guaranteeing that a child primarily raised by only one parent gets the same financial support as if their parents shared the same household. Mississippi uses the percentage of income model, meaning child support payments are based off of the non-custodial parent’s income and number of children they’re required to support.
How much will I pay for child support in Mississippi?
|# of children due support||Percentage of Gross Adjusted Income|
|5 or more||26|
Courts may also adjust by increasing or decreasing child support payments at their discretion, or due to a successful request for modification by the custodial and/or non-custodial parents. Mitigating factors may include a child’s standard of living prior to parental separation, a child’s and/or the custodial parent’s needs, the ability of the non-custodial parent to pay, among other factors.
How often will I pay child support in Mississippi?
Child support is to be awarded monthly to children in the state of Mississippi.
When do I stop paying child support?
Absent parents must pay child support until the child becomes emancipated 1) at the age of 21; 2) by marrying before the age of 21; 3) by joining and serving full-time in the military and 4) by felony conviction and two years of incarceration.
Children can become court-ordered emancipated 1) at age 18, having dropped out of school (unless they’re disabled); 2) by voluntarily moving, working full time, and dropping out of school before the age of 21; 3) by living with someone without the approval of the parent paying child support.
How can I get help?
If you need legal advice on child support in Mississippi, contact Andrew Sorrentino for help.