Calculations & Guidelines
Child Support Guidelines in Indiana
Indiana courts establish child support and educational support orders to provide an appropriate standard of support for children, subject to the ability of parents to financially contribute to that support. These child support orders are governed by the Indiana Child Support Rules and Guidelines as adopted by the Indiana Supreme Court and require a completed Child Support Obligation Worksheet. The Indiana Child Support Guidelines are required to be applied in every instance in which child support is established, including but not limited to, dissolution of marriage, legal separations, paternity actions and petitions to establish support and Title IV-D proceedings.The Indiana Child Support Guidelines are predicated on the concept that the child should receive the same proportion of each parent's income that he or she would have received if the parents and child were living together. The Indiana Child Support Guidelines relate the level of child support to income and the number of children, by calculating the share of each parent’s income estimated to have been spent on the child if the parents and child were living in an intact household. The calculated amount establishes the level of child support for both the custodial parent (the parent who has been awarded physical custody of a child by a court) and non-custodial parent (the parent who has been awarded parenting time with a child by a court).