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Maine Child Support Factors

Either or both parents may be ordered to pay child support, regardless of any marital fault. An order for support may require that a parent be responsible for an insurance policy covering the child’s medical, hospital, and other health care expenses. There are official Child Support Guidelines contained in the statute. These guidelines are presumed to be correct unless there is a showing that the amount would be unjust, inappropriate, or not in the best interests of the child under the particular circumstances in a case. There are also official child support guideline forms in use. Deviation from the guidelines is allowed under the following circumstances: (1) the non-primary residential caretaker is providing residential care over 30% of the time; (2) the number of children requiring support is over 6; (3) child support, spousal support, and property division is being decided at the same time; (4) the financial resources of the child; (5) the financial resources and needs of each parent, including any nonrecurring income not included in the definition of gross income; (6) the standard of living the child would have had if the marriage had continued; (7) the physical and emotional condition of the child; (8) the educational needs of the child; (9) inflation in relation to the cost of living; (9) income and financial contributions of a spouse of each parent; (10) other dependents of the parent required to pay support; (11) the tax consequences of a support award; (12) any non-income-producing assets of over $10,000.00 owned by either parent; (13) whether any of the children are over 12 years old; and (14) the cost of transportation of any child. [Maine Revised Statutes Annotated; Title 19-A, Sections 2001 to 2009].

Maine child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Maine 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 Maine child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Maine child support in the Maine state statutes located at: http://janus.state.me.us/.