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so child support is based on the parent's respective income, and the number of children; so for example, for one child the relevant percentage is 17%, for 2 25%, for 3 29%, for 4 31%, for 5 35%;
Basically the court will combine the party's respective income, then multiply it by the relevant percentage above; and they will divide that amount so that it is "pro rated" based on the party's income.
The idea is that the parents are to both contribute to the child's financial needs based on :
1 .their financial ability
2. lifestyle the child would have enjoyed had the parents remained together
3. the child's special needs.
The court can also "impute" income to a parent that is voluntarily un/under employed.
So the court does have discretion to modify support, if the current support order is such that the child is living a more extravagant lifestyle than the child would have if the parents remained together; similarly a request for imputation of income can help reduce child support, as it will affect the formula mentioned above.
Here is the form for modification:
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