Child Support and Credit
Worksheets – Thirty Seven (37) Steps***
37 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
37 steps illustrated in this tutorial. The illustration provided
shows nearly all options for the purpose of the demonstration.
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The example data presented for the Walkthrough has the following
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 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). In the upper
right corner of the page, designate each parent as either
Primary Residential Parent (PRP),
Alternate Residential Parent (ARP),
or split (if split, both parents shall be designated as such). You
must also enter the docket number, court name, and
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 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.
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.
Enter on Line 1a of the Child Support Worksheet the amount of any
Social Security benefit the parent receives for the child(ren).
In our example, there are no Social Security benefits to be entered
for either parent so these fields have been left blank.
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.
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.
To determine the subtotal on Line 1c for each parent, add the
parent’s Social Security 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.