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South Carolina Child Support Guidelines

Factors Used to Determine Child Support in South Carolina


A court in South Carolina uses several criteria to determine an appropriate child support amount during a child support hearing. In South Carolina, parents are obligated to support a minor child until the child reaches age 18, marries, or becomes self-supporting. Here is some more information about elements considered in a South Carolina child support case:

South Carolina Child Support Factors

South Carolina courts base child support calculations on an income share model, meaning the amount is determined based on what a child would have been entitled to had the parents' relationship continued. A court in South Carolina will consider the following factors prior to deviating from a normal child support calculation:

  • Parent's financial resources
  • Custodial arrangements
  • Number of children in the family
  • Child's significant financial resources
  • Deductions for retirement and union fees
  • Debts
  • Property distribution
  • Child's educational expenses

Non-Income Based Child Support Factors

In addition to child support payments, a South Carolina court may order a parent to:

  • Add a child to a parent's health insurance coverage
  • Contribute to a child's extraordinary medical and dental expenses that are not covered by insurance
  • Contribute to a parent's child care expenses

Exceptional Circumstances

A parent in South Carolina may be ordered to support a child beyond age 18 in certain exceptional circumstances. Specifically, a parent subjected to a child support order may be required to pay for a child's college expenses in certain limited circumstances, as ordered by a South Carolina court.

For more information about factors considered in a child support order in South Carolina, speak with a qualified attorney in Florida or refer to the South Carolina Domestic Relations Code.

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