The guidelines provide for calculation of child support for a combined parental gross income of up to $30,000 per month, or $360,000 per year. If the combined gross income is higher, then the court should determine child support on a case-by-case basis.
Deviation from the guidelines is the exception and not the rule. The Child Support Guidelines do not take into account the following factors which can be possible reason for deviation:
1. Educational expenses for the child(ren) or the spouse (i.e., those incurred for private, parochial, or trade schools, other secondary schools, or post‐secondary education where there is tuition or related costs);
2. Equitable distribution of property;
3. Consumer debts;
4. Families with more than six children;
5. Unreimbursed extraordinary medical/dental expenses for either parent, or extraordinary travel expenses for court‐ordered visitation;
6. Mandatory deduction of retirement pensions and union fees;
7. Child‐related unreimbursed extraordinary medical expenses;
8. Monthly fixed payments imposed by court or operation of law;
9. Significant available income of the child(ren);
10. Substantial disparity of the parents’ incomes;
11. Alimony. Because of their unique nature, lump sum, rehabilitative and reimbursement alimony may be considered by the court as a possible reason for
deviation from these guidelines;
12. Agreements Reached Between Parties. The court may deviate from the guidelines based on an agreement between the parties if both parties are represented by counsel or if, upon a thorough examination of any party not represented by counsel, the court determines the party fully understands the agreement as to child support. The court still has the discretion and the independent duty to determine if the amount is reasonable and in the best interest of the child(ren).