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Indiana Child Support Guidelines.  Direct Quotes.

Support Guideline 6. Additional Commentary
Additional Commentary is offered to assist courts, practitioners and litigants in the application of the guidelines.

Commentary Page 28
“Split or Joint Custody. The Child Support Guidelines worksheet does not address the problem of
establishing a support order in split or joint custody situations. Infinite possibilities exit in terms of time spent
with each parent, travel between parents, and other considerations. The Guidelines are based on the economic
assumption that the children live in one household only.”

"In addition to the economic aspects of visitation, a high value should be placed on visitation between the
child(ren) and the noncustodial parent. In the vast majority of cases, maintaining a close relationship and
frequent contact between the child(ren) and both parties is recognized as being in the best interest of the child.
Therefore, courts should consider deviation form the Guidelines when it will encourage visitation."

Flexibility Versus the Rebuttable Presumption Page 8
2. “Situations Calling for Deviation. An infinite number of situations may prompt a judge from the Guideline
     amount. For illustration only, not as a complete list, the following examples are offered:”
· “The noncustodial parent purchases school clothes.”
· “The noncustodial parent has extraordinary medical expenses for himself or herself.”
· “The children spend substantially more time with the noncustodial parent than in the average case.”
· “One of the parties is required to travel an unusually long distance in the course of employment on a regular
or daily basis and incurs an unusually large expense for such travel.”



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