May the support order be stated in terms of the percentage, and thus vary as the paying parent's income varies?

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No. The statute requires that the amount be calculated based upon the guidelines and other factors, but the support order must be for a definite dollar amount. This causes problems when the supporting parent is self-employed, or his or her income is variable, but since a child support is a judgment, and to facilitate collection and enforcement by state authorities, the legislature has determined that a percentage order will not be valid.

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