The state of Indiana uses specific guidelines to determine child support. Parents who want to estimate either how much child support they owe, or how much child support they will receive, should use Indiana’s interactive child support calculator, which is provided by the state.
Tips for Using the Indiana Child Support Calculator
- Only use the Indiana child support calculator provided by the Indiana courts.
- Third-party child support calculators may not provide users with a reliable, accurate child support estimate.
- Be aware that the Indiana child support calculator is designed to provide an estimate only.
- In order to use the calculator, you will need to know the total weekly income of both parents.
- You will also need to know about certain expenses for each parent, including child care, health insurance, and other child or spousal support payments.
- Users must also have a PDF reader on their computer, such as Adobe Acrobat. You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free if your computer is not currently configured to read PDF documents.
- The Indiana child support calculator will time-out if you start to input data and then leave it idle for more than 30 minutes. Because this will cause you to lose any information you’ve already entered, you will want to use the Indiana child support calculator during a time when you are relatively free from interruptions and save your information as you go.
Tips for Parents Requesting Child Support in Indiana
- Become familiar with Indiana’s child support guidelines.
- You can print an application for child support services right from the Indiana Department of Child Services web site.
- When filing for child support, provide a much detailed, accurate information as you can.
- Indiana no longer prints child support checks. Instead, the Indiana Department of Child Services has gone to an electronic payment system, consisting of direct deposits and debit cards.