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Child Support Division

Services: Order Establishment

Child support obligations are calculated using the North Dakota Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines are based upon the non-custodial parent's income and factor in multiple family situations, consideration of income for underemployment and unemployment, self-employment, and extended parenting time.

It is presumed that the amount of child support that would result from the application of the child support guidelines is the correct amount. A court may deviate from the presumed amount in some areas for reasons provided for in the guidelines if the judge determines that the amount established under the guidelines is not the correct amount of child support. The reasons for deviating from the guidelines take into consideration the best interests of the child.

Court orders for medical support are also established. Most often, the order will require the non-custodial parent to provide health insurance coverage for the child if it is available on a group basis or through an employer unless health insurance coverage is available to the obligee at no or nominal cost.


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