Every U.S. state has some kind of child support guidelines. There is no one equation or formula that exists to determine how much support a parent owes in the United States. In fact, short of certain constitutional rights, family law is largely the province of state governments. As such, a parent in one state often pays a different amount than a parent in the same exact situation (income and other factors) in another state. Because of these varying guidelines, there is not a single child support calculator that can be used to handle all support cases.
When a parent or other interested person wants to bring a lawsuit to get a support order, certain steps can be followed to find and use a free child support calculator. By following the proper steps, a parent can use the proper factors and calculator to estimate the payments that a court in his or her state will order the noncustodial parent to pay.
State Child Support Enforcement Agencies
This should be the first place you look for a free child support calculator. Due to certain federal laws, every state has created a child support enforcement agency. The name of such agency will depend on the state, but these agencies are usually part of a health or human resources department or similar agency.
So you should first find this agency in your state. If you are not sure which agency performs this service, you should enter your state name plus “child support” in Google or any search engine. Inevitably, you will then quickly find the correct agency in the search results.
Once you find that agency, then look around the website for a free child support calculator for that state. Just remember that it must be a state-specific calculator because the guidelines vary from state to state.
Now, not every state has a free child support calculator. You can still look for one online using the resources below, but it may or may not be current relative to that state’s child support guidelines.
This legal website has a free child support calculator for each state. Although these calculators are sometimes reliable for yielding estimates of state child support payments, there is a drawback to AllLaw calculators. They are only valid in situations where the court grants sole or primary custody. In all other cases (joint custody and split custody), the AllLaw child support calculators will generally overestimate the child support due. This is because a judge will generally credit the amount of time for which the party paying support has custody of the child. Just click on the AllLaw link in the Resources below and then click on the state where the lawsuit is or will take place to find your free child support calculator.
AllLaw Free Child Support Calculators