2018 Mississippi Code
Title 43 - Public Welfare
Chapter 19 - Support of Natural Children
Child Support Award Guidelines
§ 43-19-103. Criteria for overcoming presumption that guidelines are appropriate.

Universal Citation: MS Code § 43-19-103 (2018)
  • The rebuttable presumption as to the justness or appropriateness of an award or modification of a child support award in this state, based upon the guidelines established by Section 43-19-101, may be overcome by a judicial or administrative body awarding or modifying the child support award by making a written finding or specific finding on the record that the application of the guidelines would be unjust or inappropriate in a particular case as determined according to the following criteria:
  • (a) Extraordinary medical, psychological, educational or dental expenses.

  • (b) Independent income of the child.

  • (c) The payment of both child support and spousal support to the obligee.

  • (d) Seasonal variations in one or both parents’ incomes or expenses.

  • (e) The age of the child, taking into account the greater needs of older children.

  • (f) Special needs that have traditionally been met within the family budget even though the fulfilling of those needs will cause the support to exceed the proposed guidelines.

  • (g) The particular shared parental arrangement, such as where the noncustodial parent spends a great deal of time with the children thereby reducing the financial expenditures incurred by the custodial parent, or the refusal of the noncustodial parent to become involved in the activities of the child, or giving due consideration to the custodial parent’s homemaking services.

  • (h) Total available assets of the obligee, obligor and the child.

  • (i) Payment by the obligee of child care expenses in order that the obligee may seek or retain employment, or because of the disability of the obligee.

  • (j) Any other adjustment which is needed to achieve an equitable result which may include, but not be limited to, a reasonable and necessary existing expense or debt.

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