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What is child support?

Child support is a payment by one parent (often the "non-custodial parent") to the other parent for the support of their common child. It is in the best interest of a child for both parents to be obligated to pay for the support of their child.

What is a child support order?

A Child Support Order is a document from a court that states when, how often, and how much a parent is to pay for child support. A Child Support Order is typically part of a divorce decree or paternity judgment.

Who can be ordered to pay it?

A court can order either parent of a child to pay support to other parent.

How is the amount of child support determined?

Federal law now requires that the amount of a child support payment be set in accordance with a guideline. Having a guideline is believed to prevent widely different amounts of child support being ordered from courtroom to courtroom. Guidelines provide an objective basis for the determination of the amount of support to be paid. As a result, Indiana has established a formula that is used to determine the amount of the payment from one parent to the other.

Child Support Calculator

The State of Indiana offers an online Child Support calculator.  You can estimate the amount of Child Support by visiting this site (opens in a new window).

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