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Arkansas Child Support Factors

In awarding a reasonable amount of child support, the court is to consider the following factors: (1) the circumstances of the parents and child and (2) the nature of the case. Child support payments may be ordered to be paid through the registry of the court and the court may require that a bond securing payment be required. There is an official Arkansas Family Support guidelines chart which is presumed to be correct, unless the court finds that the amount would be inappropriate or unjust, considering the following factors: (1) any necessary medical, dental, or psychological care or insurance; (2) the creation or maintenance of trust fund for the child; (3) daycare expenses; (4) extraordinary time spent with the non-custodial parent; and (5) any additional support provided by the parent obligated to pay support. This chart should be available from the Clerk of any Chancery Court. In addition, an official Affidavit of Financial Means must be filed with divorce cases which involve issues relating to child support. [Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated; Title 9, Chapters 12-312 and 14-105 and Addendum to 1997 Arkansas Code Supplement].

Arkansas child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Arkansas child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Arkansas child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Arkansas child support in the Arkansas state statutes located at: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/.