My husband and I are close to reaching a final divorce agreement. We each have the kids about 50% of the time, but he is still asking me for child support. Do I have to pay it?
In Connecticut, that depends. Connecticut relies upon the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines. The concept behind child support is that the child is entitled to it, not the parent. There are also deviation criteria that can be applied if the parties agree to either deviate from the presumptive child support amount or to not pay it all together. If you and your husband can agree that no child support is necessary (which may be true if your incomes are comparable), then you can select a deviation criteria and deviate. The most common one is total coordination of family support. However, absent an agreement to deviate, or if your income differs, then child support may still be necessary. You should consult with your attorney and see what your options are.
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