What exactly is child support?
Child support is the financial contribution from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent towards the expenses of raising the child. Every child is entitled to be supported by both parents until they reach the age of majority (usually 18) or become emancipated.
Each state has specific guidelines that are followed in the determination of how much child support is to be allocated. While every state is different, they all take into consideration the income levels (earned and unearned) of both the parents as well as the expenses related to raising the child in determining the child support obligation. Most states allow a judge to deviate from the guidelines if it is determined that the situation warrants it. Get a rough estimate of what you can expect to pay or receive in child support.