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Child Support Worksheet


Term Definition Child Support Worksheet - a court form devised to calculate child support by state child support guidelines.
Application in Divorce These worksheets are readily available online at most family law sections of state or county websites. The worksheets are standardized documents that are used by both parents and professionals. They resemble tax return documents.

When filing for a divorce with minor children, a child support worksheet is typically required to be filed at some point in the filing procedure before the final divorce decree or judgment will be signed. The court examines the completed worksheet to see what monthly obligation the state guidelines produce and then compares it to what the parents are petitioning the court to order. This amount may be the same or different, but the worksheet gives the judge a basis to determine what should or should not be ordered by the court.

The child support worksheet requires the income of at least the non-custodial parent but most of the time both parents. This income amount must be substantiated with copies of past pay stubs or W-2s.

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