Parents and guardians in Indiana who want to estimate either how much child support they owe, or how much child support they will receive, should use Indiana’s interactive child support calculator. This calculator is provided by the Indiana Supreme Court and adheres to the specific guidelines that the state has. Questions will be set up for responses in four steps, covering topics about the children involved, earnings, health care, and other applicable costs.
For assistance in filling out Indiana's child support forms, legal help is available at a low cost and pro bono.
Practitioners may also use this tool to estimate weekly child support payments and create forms that can be used in the court. Similar to parents, this can be done by answering several questions about the children, income, amount of time spent parenting, and additional costs. In both situations, calculations and documents should be securely saved and shared with either the parties involved with the child support case or the assigned lawyer. The calculator and forms are available both online and by print in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats.
Using the Indiana Child Support Calculator
It is recommended that parents and practitioners only use the Indiana child support calculator provided by the Indiana courts. This is because third-party child support calculators may not provide users with a reliable and accurate child support estimate.
Individuals should also be aware that the Indiana child support calculator is designed to provide an estimate only.
In order to use the calculator, parents and practitioners will need to know the total weekly income of both parents. They will also need to know about certain expenses for each parent, including child care, health insurance, and other child or spousal support payments.
Users must also have a PDF reader on their computer, such as Adobe Acrobat, in order to use the calculator. The Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free for cases when the computer is not currently configured to read PDF documents.
Parents should note that the Indiana child support calculator will time-out when they start to input data and then leave it idle for more than 30 minutes. Because this will cause parents and practitioners to lose any information they've already entered, it is recommended to use it during a time free from interruptions and to save information frequently.
Parents Requesting Child Support in Indiana
Parents are encouraged to become familiar with Indiana’s child support guidelines. Then, they can print an application for child support services right from the Indiana Department of Child Services website. It is recommended that when filing for child support, detailed and accurate information should be provided. Regarding payments, parents should be prepared to use direct deposits and debit cards. This is because Indiana no longer prints child support checks. Instead, the Indiana Department of Child Services has gone to an electronic payment system.
Parents Who Owe Child Support in Indiana
Directions for where to mail child support checks can be found on the Indiana Department of Child Services website.
Parents should be aware that the state of Indiana charges interest on unpaid child support. Thus, if there is any difficulty paying child support, parents should consider requesting a child support modification.