Mississippi Child Support Guidelines

Familiarize Yourself With Factors Used to Determine Child Support in Mississippi

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A court in Mississippi uses several criteria to determine an appropriate child support amount during a child support hearing. In Mississippi, parents are obligated to support a minor child until the child reaches age 21, marries, stops attending school full-time and obtains full-time employment, or voluntarily leaves home and obtains full-time employment. Here is some more information about elements considered in a Mississippi child support case:

A court in Mississippi will consider the following income sources in calculating a child support order:

  • Salaries
  • Commissions
  • Bonuses
  • Worker's compensation
  • Disability
  • Pensions
  • Annuities

Child Support Factors

In Mississippi, the court will consider the following factors when ordering child support:

  • Financial resources of parents
  • Financial resources of the child
  • Child's age
  • Number of children residing with the non-custodial parent
  • Child support obligations for other children
  • Custodial arrangement

Non-Income Based Child Support Factors

In addition to child support payments, a Mississippi court may order a parent to:

  • Add a child to a parent's health, dental and life insurance coverage
  • Contribute to extraordinary medical, dental or educational expenses

For more information about factors considered in a child support order in Mississippi, speak with a qualified attorney in Mississippi.