Indiana Child Support: Easy as 1, 2, 3…Perhaps

October 20, 2016

By Keffer Hirschauer LLP

While many view child support as a legal complexity, in Indiana, the calculations are completed by a simple math algorithm. Through this algorithm, the Indiana Supreme Court had determined how much of the joint weekly income of two parents should go toward their child.

The Indiana Child Support calculation begins with the weekly income of both parents, but will add those numbers together to determine a total percentage of the income that should be used for the child. If a couple makes a combined $10,000 per week, the percentage of total dollars that go toward the child is smaller, but chances are that the total dollar amount is higher than two parents who make $1,000 per week. The percentage decreases as the parents make more money, but the total amount paid in Indiana Child Support will increase. This income is then applied to the relative percentage of overnights that the child spends with each respective parent. Other costs are then added into the calculation to form the total amount that should be paid for the benefit of the child.

Those additional costs are, traditionally, the cost of insurance for the child and any daycare costs that are paid for the child. These costs can later be subtracted from a paying parent’s support obligation. It is important to consult an attorney regarding any child support calculation and prior to determining a total Indiana Child Support calculation to confirm if any exceptions or variations on these general rules apply. A general calculation can be generated using the Indiana Supreme Court’s child support calculator, found online at

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