In South Carolina, child support is calculated based on the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines are based on the concept that the children should receive the same proportion of parental income that they would have received had the parents not divorced. Determination of child support takes into account the following:

  1. Gross Income
  2. Income from Self-Employment or Operation of a Business
  3. Potential Income
  4. Income Verification
  5. Monthly Alimony (this action)
  6. Other Monthly Alimony or Child Support Paid
  7. Other Children in the Home
  8. Basic Child Support Obligation
  9. Self-Support Reserve
  10. Health Insurance
  11. Child Care Costs

Certain custody arrangements may alter the child support calculation. For example, if the parents have shared physical custody and each over more than 109 overnights each year, then there will be an adjustment to the calculation. It is important to consult with an attorney for child support obligations before you have a court order.