| 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)
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.
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.
In our example, there are no federal benefits to be entered for either parent so these fields have been left blank.
Neither parent has claimed any self-employment tax so these fields have been left blank.