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In situations involving a child and divorce, determining child support usually comes into play because both parents are required to support the children of the marriage. Usually some type of income is attributed to the parties, whether they're employed or not, as long as they are "employable" and able to contribute to the support of the minor children. Laws can vary from state to state with regard to calculating child support. If the parties agree to a child support figure, most often, a judge will "find" or rule that the figure is equitable, barring no cohersion on either part. Child support guidelines can usually be found online and give the parties some idea as to what the child support would amount to, if decided by a court of law.