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Child Support Guidelines

Detailed Walkthrough, page 2 of 8
 
Step 6
In Part II of the Credit Worksheet, a parent may receive credit for qualified other children - children for whom the parent is legally responsible and for whom the parent is actually providing support and are not before the tribunal to set, modify, or enforce support in the case immediately under consideration.

If a parent is claiming credit for an “in-home” child – a qualified other child living in the parent's home 50% or more of the time – it's time to look at the Credit Worksheet. Click the tab labeled "Credit Worksheet" at the bottom of the Excel workbook. Otherwise, skip to Step 11.

On Line 1, the monthly gross income of the parents will be automatically entered using the figures on Line 1c of the Child Support worksheet.

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Step 7
In the spaces provided, enter the names and dates of birth of the “in-home” children.  If additional space is needed, print and use the “Additional Credit” page, or a sheet with the case identification information and the names and dates of birth of the additional children. 
Do not consider children for whom support is being calculated, step-children, or other minors in the home that the parent has no legal obligation to support. 

The qualified other child living in the Mother's home (Sally Smith) has been entered, along with the child's date of birth (7/4/03).  Also, the qualified other child living in the Father's home (Kevin Jones) has been entered, along with the child's date of birth (6/5/88).

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Step 8
Enter on Line 3 of the Credit Worksheet the number of “in-home” children from Line 2 living in the home of each parent.

Since the Mother and the Father each listed one “in-home” child, a "1" is entered for each parent on Line 3.

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Step 9
Using the gross income of the parent from Line 1 and the number of “in-home” children from Line 3, a theoretical order amount will automatically be entered on Line 4 of the Credit Worksheet.

The theoretical order amount is calculated using the CS Schedule, the gross income amount for each parent from Line 1 (in this case, $3500.00 for the Mother and $5300.00 for the Father), cross-referenced with 1 child to arrive at a theoretical child support order amount of $672.00 for the Mother and $845.00 for the Father.

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Step 10
The theoretical order amount from Line 4 is automatically multiplied by seventy-five percent (75% or 0.75), and the result is entered automatically on Line 5 of the Credit Worksheet.  This is the amount of credit for the "in-home" children.

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On the Child Support Worksheet, Line 1d of Part II, the amount of each credit from Line 5 of the Credit Worksheet for each parent's “in-home” children will be entered automatically.

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