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Determining which parent will be responsible for child support depends on who has primary physical custody of the child. Generally, the parent who has primary physical custody will be receiving child support from the other parent. However, there are many instances where parents have joint legal and joint physical custody (maybe the child will be one week with one parent and the other week with the other parent). In those instances, there is no child support, but the parents will agree to split any expenses such as school supplies, school clothes, extracurricular activities, and medical expenses. They would each be responsible for the child while the child is in their custody.

How Is The Amount Of Child Support Calculated In Mississippi?

In Mississippi, it’s actually rather easy to calculate child support. You look at the average monthly adjusted gross income of the parent who is not the custodial parent, and then you will multiply that by a certain percentage depending on how many children are in question. If it is one child, it will be 14% of the adjusted gross income; two children will be 20%; three would be 22%. These percentages based on the number of children are included in the Mississippi statute.

Does Mississippi Recognize Alimony Or Spousal Support Awards In A Divorce Case? If So, Who Is Generally Required To Pay?

Alimony or spousal support is usually awarded in marriages that are at least ten years of age, so you have to have a lengthy marriage. It’s also going to be dependent upon the spouse who is asking for alimony: what was their position in the marriage? were they a stay-at-home mom? were they disabled? is that why they were at home mostly and didn’t contribute as much financially? We also have to look at what the other spouse, the one we’re asking for alimony from, can afford. If two people are disabled, you can’t really have one ask for alimony from the other. That would leave the other person pretty much in poverty, and the court does not want to do that. The court tries to equalize both parties’ chances.

Nevertheless, there is such a thing as rehabilitative alimony, which helps a stay-at-home wife or a husband who’s not worked for any length of time to get back on their feet and return to the workforce. Rehabilitative alimony usually lasts for two to three years, depending on the marriage and how much time is needed for the person to get back on their feet.

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