How Does the Court in Utah Calculate Child Support?

Just because you are getting a divorce doesn’t mean that you need to forget about paying for the upbringing of your children. Child support is mandatory for both parents of minor children in Utah. Of course, if this child becomes emancipated, you are under no obligation to pay support any longer. If your children are over 18 and still need support because they are in some way disabled, you may be paying a bit longer than you thought you would be.

It all depends on your and your child’s circumstances. The order could come out of the juvenile court system or the district court. Sometimes, but not often, an administrative order can come from the Utah Office of Recovery Services.

In order to calculate child support the court uses the three concepts:

The judge will use a table to determine how much is obligated to be paid and this amount will be shared by both parents. The non-custodial parent will pay the custodial parent a portion of his or her income at an interval to be determined by the court. Health insurance needs to be provided and, if it is available, it will need to be taken care of by one of you. Co-payments will also be a part of this component.

The child support order will tell you which one of you gets to claim the child as a dependent on your state and federal income taxes. If you can agree on this, all the better. If not, the court will step in and do it for you.

You may need the help of attorney who can give you divorce advice on these complicated legal matters.

Source: Utah Courts, “Child support,” accessed Jan. 26, 2016

Published On: January 26th, 2016Categories: Child SupportComments Off on How Does the Court in Utah Calculate Child Support?
Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!
About the Author: Marco Brown
Marco C. Brown was named Utah’s Outstanding Family Law Lawyer of the Year in 2015. He graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2007 and is currently the managing partner of Brown Family Law, LLC.
Contact Us – We Are Here to Help You

Schedule a time to talk with us – we are here to help you. When you meet with your attorney, we will go over your entire case, your children, your money and everything else that’s important to you. Our goal is to remove the fear associated with divorce by protecting your money and maximizing your time with your kids, all within 3-6 months. We look forward to meeting with you!

Call us 24/7 at 801-685-9999 to Speak with a Live Representative
Get A Legal Consultation With An Experienced Utah Attorney
Your privacy is 100% guaranteed, your information will never be sold or shared.

While this website provides general information, it does not constitute divorce advice. The best way to get guidance on your specific divorce issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a divorce consultation with an attorney, please call or complete the intake form above.

The use of the Internet (or this form) for communication with the firm (or any individual member of the firm) does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.