Kansas Child Custody and Support Guidelines:
Either parent may be awarded custody. If custody is disputed, it shall than be decided by the court based on the best interests of the child, taking the following factors into consideration:
- The desires of the parents in relation to custody.
- The desires of the child concerning custody.
- The interaction and interrelationship of the child with parents.
- The child’s adjustment to the child’s home, school and community.
- The willingness and ability of each parent to respect and encourage the bond between child and other parent.
- Evidence of spousal or child abuse either by the parent or someone with whom the parent resides.
- Whether a parent or someone with whom a parent resides is subject to Offender Registration.
[Based on Kansas Statutes 60-16-1610]Child Support:
Regardless of the custody arrangements ordered by the court, the court may order the child support and education expenses to be paid by either or both parents. In determining the amount of child support, the court shall use the Kansas child support guidelines. Child support terminates at age 18 unless, the parents reach a written agreement to extend support, the child turns 18 before completing from high school. [Based on Kansas Statutes 60-16-1610 and 38-1598]