In divorce, child support does not have to be decided by the court. A pre-trial agreement is often awarded by the court. Otherwise the court will refer to state guidlines to determine the amount of support.
It is each parent's responsibility to explain any and all circumstantiating unique situations to the respective attorneys. If this does not take place the needs of the child are not reached, and the child becomes a victim.
It is the job of the parents, with the help of their attorneys, to iron out a reasonable agreement.
An agreement reached prior to trial is almost always a more successful one, because it is the parents who best understand the specific needs and capabilities of the family members.
When negotiating divorce and child support issues with your attorney and/or opposing party, keep in mind these factors that the judicial system takes into consideration: