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Child Support Guidelines

Detailed Walkthrough
This Walkthrough is designed to guide you step-by-step through the process of calculating a child support obligation using the Income Shares Guidelines and worksheets. If you want to print a copy of a worksheet to use, return to the General Documentation page, select the Child Support Worksheet (or Credit Worksheet), open the document and print.

 

Child Support and Credit Worksheets – Thirty Three (33) Steps***

***The 33 steps in the Detailed Walkthrough demonstrate the process for manually filling out every area of both the Child Support Worksheet and the Credit Worksheet. Every case will not require all 33 steps illustrated in this tutorial.  The illustration provided shows nearly all options for the purpose of the demonstration. PLEASE NOTE: A FREE AUTOMATED CALCULATOR IS AVAILABLE. THE CALCULATOR DRAMATICALLY DECREASES THE TIME IT TAKES TO DETERMINE CHILD SUPPORT ORDERS UNDER THE NEW Guidelines (from approximately 25 minutes to two minutes to calculate an order once the fields are filled in).  Click HERE to go to our "Downloads" page...

The example data presented for the Walkthrough has the following characteristics:

The Mother and Father have 2 children who are to be supported by the order. Mother also has other children: one living in her home, and one not living in her home to whom she is providing support pursuant to court order.  Father also has other children: one living in his home, and one not living in his home to whom he is providing support pursuant to court order. (Total of 6 children)

 

Step 1
In Part I of the Child Support Worksheet, enter the case specific information on the top section of the form:  name of mother and father (and/or non-parent caretaker where applicable).   You must also enter the docket number, court name, and TCSES case number (if applicable), name and date of birth of each child for whom support is being determined, and the number of days each child spends with each parent and/or non-parent caretaker.
  In the upper right corner of the page, each parent will be designated, based on the number of days with the child, as either Primary Residential Parent (PRP), Alternate Residential Parent (ARP), or split (if split, both parents shall be designated as such).

In this example, all relevant demographic data has been entered as indicated below.  Because the mother (Janet Jones) has the majority of time with both children, she has been designated as the PRP, and the father (John Jones) has been designated as the ARP. The children to be supported in this case (Molly Jones and Michael Jones) have been entered along with their birthdates.

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Step 2
From this point forward on the worksheet, all information for Mother will be entered in Column A, all information for Father will be entered in Column B.  In Parts III and IV of the Child Support Worksheet, information relevant to a non-parent caretaker will appear / be entered in Column C. 

Enter each parent’s monthly gross income in the appropriate column on Line 1 of the Child Support Worksheet.  Do not include child support payments received on behalf of other children or benefits received from means-tested public assistance programs.

In our example, the Mother's monthly gross income is $3500.00, and the Father's monthly gross income is $5300.00, so these amounts were entered on Line 1.

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Step 3
Enter on Line 1a of the Child Support Worksheet the amount of any federal benefit the parent receives for the child(ren).

In our example, there are no federal benefits to be entered for either parent so these fields have been left blank.

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Step 4
Enter on Line 1b of the Child Support Worksheet the amount of any self-employment tax actually paid by the parent.

Neither parent has claimed any self-employment tax so these fields have been left blank.

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Step 5
To determine the subtotal on Line 1c for each parent, add the parent’s federal benefit for the child(ren) from Line 1a to the parent’s Gross Income on Line 1, then subtract any self-employment tax from Line 1b.

Since neither parent has entered an amount on Line 1a or 1b, the subtotal for each parent is the same as the gross income entered on Line 1 – $3500 for Mother and $5300 for Father.

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