Every state has a different child support formula. How can this be fair?

The cost and standard of living varies from state to state, which is the of why each state has a different formula. Family law is not federal law, itís state law, and therefore there is no nationwide formula for child support. When the child support guidelines were put in place by the state governments as a result of encouragement by the federal government, the guidelines themselves were and remain part of state law. State governments are more familiar with the cost of living of their own state, and are in a better position to decide the amounts and means for calculating the child support. Your attorney will be familiar with the formula for your state and can advise you. It is not uncommon for each state to amend the support guidelines and formula as needed (this occurs approximately every four years).