Why do I have to pay child support if I have a 50/50 schedule?

What goes into a determination of a child support obligation is more than just time-sharing. Many people hold the belief that if they have an evenly split schedule there will be no child support paid by either parent.

However, the child support guidelines consider more than just time-sharing. For example, if one parent earns more than the other parent, child support may be ordered. Also, costs for childcare, uncovered or non-covered medical expenses, and health insurance premiums go into the child support guidelines. In some long-distance parenting plans, parties may agree to reduce the obligation if there are travel expenses involved; this may lead to a deviation of 5 percent.