Child Support

Mississippi, like most states, follows a specific set of guidelines set by the state legislature in determining the amount of child support to be paid by the noncustodial spouse to the custodial spouse. The guidelines set out specific percentages of the noncustodial spouse's net income to be paid based on how many children are being provided for. Depending on the noncustodial parent's net income per year, sometimes the guidelines are strictly followed, while sometimes the court has more discretion over the amount to be paid. 

The child support guideline amounts cover the child’s basic living needs – food, clothes, educational and extracurricular expenses. The court may award additional child support to cover other needs, such as medical expenses, health insurance, college education, and life insurance.

The duty to pay child support continues until the child turns 21 or until the child becomes emancipated, which may occur when the child marries, when the child quits full-time enrollment in school and obtains full-time employment, or when the child voluntarily moves out of the custodial parent’s home and establishes independent living arrangements and obtains full-time employment.

 
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