How is Child Support Calculated?

Many factors effect the child support obligation

Child Support Calculation

Many factors effect the child support obligation

Many factors are considered to determine how much child support a parent pays. The goal of child support in Indiana is to provide the children with the same standard of living as the children would have had if the parents had not divorced.

Each Parent's Income

To reach this goal, the first factor to consider is how much income each parent has.

Overnights With Parents

The next factor to consider is how many nights will the children live with each parent. Typically, the more time children spend with a non-custodial parent, the less child support the non-custodial parent will pay to the custodial parent.

Child's Health Insurance

Another factor to consider is which parent pays for health insurance for the children. If the non-custodial parent pays for health insurance for the children this will be considered a credit toward the child support. Another issue to consider is whether children require child care for a parent to work. If so, the parent who pays the child care will be given credit for this when considering how much child support to pay.

Any Subsequent Children?

Another factor to consider is whether either parent has prior or subsequent children. If so, this will affect how much child support is awarded.

The bottom line is that there are many variables to consider when deciding how much child support a parent should pay.

If you are considering divorce and have children, you need the advice of a lawyer to help you figure out how much child support you or your former spouse should pay. If you have questions, please call us. We can help.


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