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- No content is considered legal advice. Always consult an attorney.
- All content is based on Support Studies' views and interpretations of Indiana child support laws and the Indiana Child Support Guideline.
- The greatest care has been taken for accuracy relative to the default Indiana Child Support Formula. However, your results as determined by the State of Indiana may be different than the results presented here.
The bottom line monthly child support payment is $87.10 (or $20.10 weekly.*
1) A base support payment of $87.10.
2) A reduction of $0.00 net for insurance premiums.
3) An increase of $0.00 net for child care expenses.
Where does that number come from?
*Note: Indiana expresses child support in weekly amounts. To remain consistent across our other calculators, we will use monthly amounts for the rest of this narrative.
The combined basic support amount in Indiana
The total basic support obligation -- the amount that Indiana calculates would have gone to childrearing in an intact household with your combined income and 1 child -- is $1,161.33 per month, or $38.18 per day in an intact household.
The Indiana support formula begins with a basic child support obligation resulting in a payment that assumes your child lives in one household, and then makes adjustments for shared parenting time.
In the words of the Indiana Child Support Rules and Guidelines, 'Indiana Child Support Guidelines calculate child support as the share of each parent's income estimated to have been spent on the child if the parents and child were living in an intact household.'
The Indiana Parenting Time Credit
If he had 0 to 51 days with the child, his monthly base child support payment would be $580.67 before insurance and child care. Because he has 182 days with the child, he is given a credit of $493.57 each month.
A basic support payment of $580.67 less the Parenting Time Credit of $493.57 results in a basic support payment of $87.10 per month.
The next sections explain how Indiana determines the Parenting Time Credit.
Indiana's Three Categories of Base Support
Of the $1,161.33 combined basic childrearing expenditures, Indiana recognizes three categories of spending:
- Transferred Expenses, such as food, increase his spending on the child while reducing your spending.
- Duplicated Expenses, such as housing, increase his spending on the child as his time with the child increases, but do not reduce your spending.
- Controlled Expenses, such as school supplies and "ordinary uninsured health care and personal care," do not increase his childrearing costs and do not decrease your expenditures when the child spend time with him.
Transferred expenses include items such as food and transportation. These expenses move between households as the child moves between households.
According to the State of Indiana, in this case transferred expenses are 35% of $1,161.33, or $406.47.
Because the child spends 49.86% of the year with him, Indiana credits him with spending approximately 49.86% of transferred childrearing expenses, or $203.23.
Conversely, you are considered to save $203.23 per month in transferred expenses.
Total monthly transfer spending is $406.47: $203.23 in his household and $203.23 in your household.
2) Duplicated Expenses
Duplicated expenses include items such as housing. As the child spends more time with him, his costs increase but yours do not decrease.
According to the State of Indiana, duplicated expenses are 50% of $1,161.33, or $580.67.
Because the child spends 49.86% of the year with him, Indiana credits him with spending 50.00% of unadjusted duplicated childrearing expenses, or $580.67.
Because Indiana considers these expenses duplicated, there is no corresponding savings in your household. This will raise the total child rearing budget as encapsulated in the base support amount.
Total duplicated spending before application of the shared parenting time is $580.67.
Duplicated spending is $580.67 in his household and remains $580.67 in your household.
Total duplicated spending after application of the shared parenting time is $1,161.33.
3) Controlled Expenses
Indiana uses the examples of clothing and school supplies, among others, as controlled expenses. For the purpose of calculating child support, Indiana treats controlled expenses as remaining in the domain of the custodial parent regardless of his days with the child.
According to the State of Indiana, in this case controlled expenses are 15% of $1,161.33, or $174.20.
Because these expenses are controlled, they do not increase his spending nor decrease yours as the child move between households.
This means that even in a perfectly even split, Indiana will consider one parent's direct spending to be higher than the other. In these cases, the court will decide 'who is responsible for controlled expenses.'
Up to 40% of controlled expenses are considered ordinary uninsured medical expenses, or $69.68 monthly. Indiana may increase payments if monthly uninsured medical expenses are shown to be greater than $69.68.
Your base support credit
Indiana estimates your share of the state-estimated base childrearing costs as follows:
Transfered Expenses: $203.23
Duplicated Expenses: $580.67
Controlled Expenses: $174.20
Your total Indiana-estimated childrearing spending: $958.10, or an average of $62.83 each of 183 days with the child.
His base support credit
Indiana estimates his share of the state-estimated base childrearing costs as follows:
Transfered Expenses: $203.23
Duplicated Expenses: $580.67
Controlled Expenses: $0.00
His total Indiana-estimated childrearing spending: $783.90, or an average of $51.69 each of 182 days with the child.
Reaching a Net Base Payment
We've seen that Indiana credits you with spending $958.10 in base child rearing expenditures each month. He contributes 50.00% of that, or $479.05.
Indiana credits him with $783.90 in base child rearing expenditures each month. You contribute 50.00% of that, or $391.95.
His 'payment' to you less your 'payment' to him equals the monthly base payment before insurance and child care. That is:
$479.05 - $391.95 = $87.10 before insurance and child care.
You share responsibility for Medical Insurance Premiums.
Because you pay $0.00 in insurance premiums for the children each month and he pays $0.00 there is no adjustment for insurance premiums. This brings the monthly support payment after base support, ordinary medical and insurance premiums to $87.10.
You share responsibility for Child Care expenditures.
Because you pay $0.00 in child care each month and he pays $0.00 there is no adjustment for child care. This brings the monthly support payment after base support, ordinary medical, insurance premiums and child care to $87.10.
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