Child support is essentially set by statute and absent unusual circumstances, child support will be awarded to the primary custodial parent, unless that parent’s income is disproportionately more than that of the secondary custodial parent, in accordance with the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines. The Guidelines are based upon the incomes of both parties to determine the initial amount of child support for their combined income level. To that amount is added the actual cost of health insurance (for the children only) and the costs of day care.The child support obligation is the percentage of the total child support obligation (including health insurance and day care) that their income bears to the combined income of the parties. Different calculations apply depending on the number of overnights a parent has the child/children each year.
The child support guidelines presume that the custodial parent will be responsible for the first $250.00 of non-reimbursed medical, dental and similar such expenses for each child each year. Thereafter, the remaining unreimbursed medical, dental and similar such expenses will be split in accordance with the percentages that their income bears to the combined income of the parties.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services’ website has a child support calculator and can be found at http://www.state.sc.us/dss/csed/calculator.htm