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When can the court order child support without applying the Guidelines?

The only times the court can order amounts without applying the Guidelines are when:

  • both parents agree, and the judge thinks the arrangements made for child support are reasonable, or
  • the judge thinks that the Guideline amount would be unfair because there is some special arrangement that benefits the child
  • both parents agree, and the judge thinks the arrangements made for child support are reasonable, or
  • the judge thinks that the Guideline amount would be unfair because there is some special arrangement that benefits the child

In all other cases, the court must apply the Guidelines.