How is child support calculated?

The Utah Child Support Act provides guidelines for Utah courts to follow in calculating child support. Under those guidelines, a child support order should be comprised of three components:

  1. Base child support
  2. Medical care
  3. Child care expenses

The base child support is calculated using a formula described in Utah Code Section 78B-12-301. The table in Section 78B-12-301 is used by Utah courts to determine the total support obligation for children, which is shared by the parents according to their incomes. Keep in mind that support calculations will differ depending on the custody arrangement, and a Utah court can order additional child support for medical and child care expenses. The Utah Department of Human Services provides a helpful Child Support Calculator.

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