Utah Child Support Worksheet

In the United States, each state has laws governing how child support should be paid from one parent to another parent. Different states consider different factors when determining how much the parent paying child support will need to pay each month. While every state uses different factors slightly differently, a few significant factors will play a role in calculating child support in Utah. Understanding how child support is calculated will help you defend your right. If you have questions or concerns about how child support will be calculated in your case, we recommend discussing them with one of the experienced Salt Lake City divorce attorneys at Read Law.

Calculating Child Support Payments in Utah

There are a few major components that go into calculating child support in Utah, including the following:

  • Base Child Support
  • Medical Care
  • Expenses Related to Child Care

Courts use Utah Code Section 78B-12-301 to determine monthly child support payments. This chart will be used when the court considers the incomes of both parents before issuing child support orders.


Figuring Out Child Support Payments in Utah

At our family law firm, one of the most frequent questions we are asked is how much one parent will need to pay in child support. If you wonder how much you will have to pay for child support in Utah, you can complete the Utah child support calculator. Keep in mind that this calculator is intended only as a guideline so parents can estimate how much child support they will need to pay or receive from the other parent. The final determination of the child support award will be made through an administrative or judicial finding. 

The Utah Department of Human Services keeps an updated child support calculator on its website. They make it clear that the worksheet is only intended as a guideline, so you will not be able to rely on the child support calculation from this worksheet. Instead, a Utah family court judge will determine how much you will need to pay or you will receive when making a child support determination.

When completing the child support calculator, you will need to include the father’s name, the mother’s name, the mother’s monthly gross income, and the father’s monthly gross income. The worksheet requires that you round to the nearest Dollar when including monetary values. You also need to enter how many natural and adopted children are involved in the child support action. You will need to include the amounts of previously ordered child support that the mother or father was ordered to pay.

Additionally, you will need to include the amounts of any previously ordered alimony, also called spousal support, that the mother or father pays. If the parents have split custody, you will need to indicate how many of their children will be in the custody of each parent. If the parents have joint custody, you will need to indicate how many overnights the children will stay with each parent. The values entered need to be at least 111 days or more for each parent and a total of 365 days. 

Finally, the parent filling out the form must indicate which parent is the plaintiff for the child support action. They will also need to state how many children the mother in the mother’s current spouse has together in the mother’s present home that is not part of the child support action. The same goes for the father’s home.


Child Care and Medical Expenses in Child Support Payment Cases

One of the more complicated issues involved when determining child support is health insurance and medical expenses. When health insurance is available at a reasonable price, the cost of providing health insurance will be shared equally between both parents. The same rules apply to any non-insured medical expenses. For example, if the child needs a procedure that is not covered by health insurance, both parents will split the cost of the procedure evenly. Some of the most comment expenses that are not covered by health insurance include the following:

  • Deductibles for visits to the emergency room
  • Coinsurance for any significant health expenses
  • Co-pays for visits to a primary care physician
  • Therapy that is not covered by health insurance

In Utah, all of these types of expenses will play a role in calculating child support. Furthermore, parents are required to share any work-related child care expenses evenly. Work-related child care expenses include putting children in daycare or summer camp when both parents are at work during the summer. It also includes before and after-school child care while the parents are at work.


Tax Exemptions for Dependent Children

A child support order may also establish which parent can claim the child as a dependent for federal or state income tax purposes. Unless both parents can agree on who is allowed to claim the child as a dependent on his or her taxes, the court will need to decide and award the exemption to one parent. 

Typically, courts will award the parent who has primary physical custody of the child and pay for most child-related expenses the tax exemption benefit. Additionally, the court can award a tax exemption to a parent unless that exemption leads to a tax benefit. If you have questions about whether you need to ask the court to award you a tax exemption for your child, we recommend meeting with one of our experienced attorneys.


Discuss Your Child Support Matter With an Experienced Attorney

Nobody should have to face a complicated family law situation such as divorce or child support matters without the experienced guidance of an effective attorney. At Read Law, We have helped many Utah parents navigate through child support issues while protecting their rights and the best interest of them and their children. Our divorce law firm provides family law services to residents in the greater Salt Lake City area. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.

In the United States, each state has laws governing how child support should be paid from one parent to another


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