Montana is a big state, and this can have a big impact on child support calculations. Often, parents live in a different city or county from their children, but still take the time to drive regularly to see them. This is long distance parenting under the child support guidelines. More specifically, long distance parenting is any travel by a parent or child to attain the goals of the parenting plan. A long distance parenting adjustment is allowed when travel by a parent or child exceeds 2,000 miles in a calendar year.
If a parent travels more than 2,000 miles in a year, the overage is multiplied by the IRS business mileage rate. That amount is then deducted from part of the calculation (the SOLA). The good news is that if you use our child support calculator, we handle this automatically. All you need to know is the number of miles you travel in a given year.
The expenses include travel expenses only and do not include the costs of meals, lodging, or other costs. But, it can include transportation costs by means other than automobiles.
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