When you are trying to determine how much child support you should be paying or receiving it is sometimes very confusing and difficult to determine the correct amount. There are several things taken into consideration when these amounts are decided upon. More than your income and number of children are considered. There are some guidelines and online resources you can use to help you determine the correct amount.
Although there are many online calculators available for determining child support payments, not all are accurate. When searching for an online calculator you need to find one that takes into account the laws of the state where the child lives, state child support guidelines, the payer’s income, the age of the child or children, and other important factors that may affect the case.
You may wish to look up information specific to the state your case will be managed. Child support is initially set in the state that the child resides. So long as the child and custodial parent continue to live there, that state will continue to manage the child support case no matter where the parent who pays child support resides.
In the event that circumstances have changed since an original order and there needs to be an adjustment made, the calculations need to be figured pertaining to the state in which the order was set. The jurisdiction of child support cases does not change unless all parties no longer live in the state of the original order. The order can then be moved to the state where the child resides and the laws and guidelines of that state would need to be followed.