How to Calculate Child Support in Indiana

Indiana, like most other states, uses the Income Shares Model to calculate each parent’s child support responsibility. As its name implies, this method calculates child support based on the financial support a child would receive if parents shared their incomes – as they probably did during their marriage. The calculator is only concerned with the children you are responsible for supporting and does not take into account other children you may or may not have primary custody of.

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Factors in Determining Child Support

The Indiana Child Support Rules and Guidelines lay out the estimated financial obligations for the non-custodial parent, which is the parent that does not have primary custody. Figures that are used in calculating child support include the monthly net income of the non-custodial parent, the amount of time the non-custodial parent has physical custody of his or her child (as a percentage), and the monthly net income of the parent with primary custody. Government support programs like Medicaid and food stamps are not considered part of your monthly net income. 

Is the Calculator the Final Word on Child Support?

Ultimately, it is up to the judge to determine how much child support you owe if you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement yourselves or through a mediator. He or she will factor in each child’s unique needs such as needed medical care and the child’s expected standard of living if you and your spouse were still married. The child’s health insurance is typically included in determining child support. 

What if I Can’t Pay?

If you are not able to pay the monthly support you are ordered, you will have to go to court and petition for a modification. Convincing the judge to modify the original agreement is difficult, though. You must show that the situation has substantially changed. Keep in mind that child support is paid until the minor turns 19 or is otherwise emancipated by the courts. Someone could become emancipated before if they get married or join the military in active duty. 


The overriding factor judges keep in mind during child custody hearings is the best interest of the child. Therefore, every situation is different, and the child support you are ordered to pay may deviate from the calculator’s results. If you need legal help with determining or enforcing a child support judgment, please reach out to us today.

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