The amount of child support to be paid by the non-custodial parent is governed by statute and based upon the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines. The Guidelines are based on the gross income of each parent and take into consideration other expenses for the children (for example, work related care expenses, payment of medical insurance premiums for the child(ren), and the existence of other children from a previous relationship in the home). Except in unusual circumstances, the guidelines do not consider the actual living expenses of each parent (cost of home or apartment, utilities, etc.). Child support can be paid directly to the custodial parent or indirectly to the custodial parent through the Family Court. Failure to timely pay child support can subject a parent to the contempt powers of the court, including fines and even jail time.
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