Child Support in Utah can be more than a simple payment to the other parent. In Utah, child support includes several items from dental and medical expenses to health insurance. In addition, the courts can order the children’s parents to share expenses for daycare and other child care while the custodial parent is either undergoing training or working.
What’s interesting about Utah is that not just one, but both parents, could be ordered to provide child support. The guidelines for Utah Child Support are used by the courts in order to determine support if the child’s parents have not agreed to their own amount of child support. In another case, if the courts decide that their agreed upon amount is unjust for the case.
How is Child Support in Utah Calculated?
A Child Support Worksheet is used to calculate child support in Utah. The worksheet calculates a fair amount according to each parent’s income as well as other factors like retirements contributions and paid taxes. It’s important to take into account “deviation factors” which may be applicable.
Income Shares Model
The Income Shares Model is used to decide how much child support the non-custodial parent should pay. The model also estimates what the support amount would have been if the marriage hadn’t failed. Then, the estimated amount is divided fairly to the parents according to the income of each parent. The process is fairly easy to do with the Child Support Worksheet and pay records can be used to validate the estimated incomes.
Both of the parents’ income is taken into account for this. A percentage is then applied based on how many children under the age of 18 they have together. The court will take both parents’ combined income and figures out the portion that each will contribute. Then, that figure is divided fairly based upon each of the parents’ ability to pay, as well as which parent is the primary, custodial parent.
Let’s say the parent with the highest income is the noncustodial parent. That parent would be responsible for the larger portion of the child support to pay. On the other hand, if the parent with the lowest income is the noncustodial parent, that parent would be responsible for the smaller portion of the child support to pay.
Generally, the state guidelines are based on a percentage of both parents’ total gross income, number of children they have together which will be supported, and the percentage of how much each parent contributes to the total gross income.
“Child Support is described in Utah Code Annotated; Sections 30-3-5, 30-3-5.1, and 78-45-7 to 78-45-7.5.“
Attorney Rex B Bushman is an experienced family law and child custody attorney who is here to help you and your children get the support you need.