Spousal and Child Support
Mississippi follows the percentage of income formula, meaning that child support in Mississippi shall be calculated based on the percentage of the gross income of the non-custodial parent, child(ren)'s needs, and the number of minor children of the marriage. Thus, the following proportion is used: 14 percent of income goes for child support of one child, 20 percent for two children, 22 percent for three children, 24 percent for four children, and 26 percent for five children.
If the monthly income of the paying parent is less than $5,000 or more than $50,000, the court calculates the amount of support for each case individually, taking into account the child's needs and the capabilities of the paying parent.
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