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South Carolina Child Support Factors

Both parents have joint responsibility for child support. The court may require income withholding for the guarantee of child support payments. There are official child support guidelines which are presumed to be correct unless 1 of the following factors requires a deviation from the amount: (1) educational expenses for the child or a spouse; (2) the equitable distribution of property; (3) any consumer debts; (4) if the family has more than 6 children; (5) unreimbursed extraordinary medical or dental expenses of either parent; (6) mandatory retirement deductions of either parent; (7) support obligations for other dependents; (8) unreimbursed extraordinary medical or dental expenses of the child; (9) other court-ordered payments; (10) any available income of the child; (11) a substantial disparity in the income of the parents which makes it impractical for the non-custodial parent to pay the guideline amount; (12) the effect of alimony on the circumstances; and (13) any agreements between the spouses, if in the best interests of the child. [Code of Laws of South Carolina; Chapter 3, Sections 20-3-160, 20-7-40, 20-7-100, 20-7-852, 20-7-1315, and 43-5-580 and South Carolina Case Law].