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Louisiana Child Support Factors

Both parents are obligated to support any children of a marriage. The factors for consideration listed in the statute are: (1) the needs of the child and (2) the actual resources of each parent. In addition, Louisiana has adopted detailed Child Support Guideline provisions which are contained in the statute. These guidelines are presumed to be correct, unless 1 of the following factors make the guidelines unjust or not in the best interests of the child: (1) extraordinary medical expenses of the child or parent responsible for support payments; (2) the permanent or temporary total disability of the parent responsible for support; (3) the need for immediate or temporary support; (4) an extraordinary community debt of the parents; (5) that the combined income of the parents is less than that in the guideline charts; and (6) any other relevant consideration.