The purpose of child support in shared parenting cases is two-fold. First, child support is for the children, and is intended to reduce the impact of a great disparity in parents' incomes. Children who are accustomed to one standard of living should not, because of a divorce or dissolution, have to live in one “rich” house and one “poor” house.
Second, by assigning one parent as primarily responsible for providing for the material needs of the child, the Court hopes to reduce conflict between the parents over the children's needs.
Child support schedules are set to meet children’s expenses in proportion to their parent’s income. The court may deviate from the Child Support Guidelines if there are specific facts which justify a deviation.