However, judges sometimes do not necessarily go along with an agreement when it comes to child support. They look at it as though the money is not one person’s money or the other person’s money. It’s viewed as the child’s money. Sometimes this causes the judge to choose not to deviate from what the child support is going to be based on the child support formula. The courts are much more likely to accept the agreement spouses made together if they agreed to a higher amount of child support compared to the formula as opposed to a much lower child support amount.
For example, if the formula for child support amount is going to be 600, the court will generally allow the agreed child support amount to be a greater amount of child support say in the amount of $800 a month. The judge is most likely going to be a little less inclined if there’s going to be an agreement of say $300 a month. Whether an agreement of a child support amount is made or not, the judge is still going to run the formula and then let the people choose as to whether to go along with that.