If you’re in the process of getting a divorce, you may be wondering what kind of child support arrangement the judge will order. Regardless of whether you‘ll be the one making or receiving payments, knowing the potential outcome of your case can provide considerable peace of mind.
Several factors play a role in child support calculations, so estimating the approximate figure that may apply to your case requires a careful review of all relevant facts. A seasoned family law attorney can help you determine the highest, lowest, and most likely support obligations that your family’s financial situation would warrant.
Read on to learn how child support is calculated in Indiana:
First, the judge will determine each party’s weekly gross income. This might include:
The judge may also consider the value of other benefits such as free housing or the use of a company car when estimating weekly gross income.
For the second step, the judge will review each party’s completed Child Support Obligation Worksheet. This worksheet allows parents who have qualifying financial obligations to adjust their weekly gross income. For example, if you currently pay spousal maintenance (or alimony), that amount will be subtracted from your weekly gross income.
After making all necessary adjustments, the judge will add both parents’ incomes together and then refer to the state’s child support guidelines. If the parents’ combined income is $1,000 per week and they share one child, the guideline indicates their total financial obligation would be $152 per week.
The noncustodial parent must then pay the custodial parent the percentage of this figure for which he or she is responsible. For example, if you’re the custodial parent and you earn $700 per week, while your ex-partner earns $300 per week, he or she would be responsible for 30 percent of the $152 because he or she earns 30 percent of the income. In other words, you would receive $45.60 per week—or 30 percent of $152—in child support.
If the judge doesn’t think that following the child support guidelines would result in a fair arrangement, he or she can make reasonable adjustments as needed. For example, noncustodial parents who still care for their children several nights per week might be ordered to pay less than the recommended guidelines. On the other hand, custodial parents who shoulder significant medical bills for the child’s healthcare may be entitled to more support than the predetermined amount.
If you need help pursuing, enforcing, or modifying a child support order, contact Ball Eggleston. Founded in 1950, we have extensive experience helping clients throughout Indiana resolve even the most complicated family law disputes. Call (765) 742-9046 or fill out our contact form to schedule a case evaluation with a family law attorney in Lafayette.
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