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Child support generally works on the basis of the non-parent sharing parental support. Learn about child support and the way it's based on a parent's relative income with help from a certified civil mediator in this free video on law and legal questions.

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You have recently decided to separate ways with your spouse or significant other with whom you share children and since you're not going to rotate their custody back and forth, one of you is going to have more time with them than the other and you're now concerned about one of you having to pay child support, but you don't know how it works. Hello, I'm Robert Todd and I'm here to answer the question, how does child support work. Well, it's going to vary from state to state and you're going to have to determine what your particular state's laws are with respect to child support. Generally speaking, child support works on the basis of the non parent sharing parent providing support of some nature to the primary parent sharing parent. What this means is that the children spend more time with one parent. The other parent that doesn't spend as much time with them pays a certain amount of child support based on that parent's relative income to the total income between the two parents. And it's generally pursuant to a guideline that is set forth by the state in which the children are living. So if you have x number of income and your income is a relative share of that, you pay that percentage times the amount set forth in the guidelines for the specific number of children for that specific amount of income. But this is an area of the law where if you're not sure, you don't understand the child support guidelines, we strongly urge you to seek the services of a family lawyer that deals in child support to assist you in this regard. It's money well spent. I'm Robert Todd, and thank you for watching.

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