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Utah Child Support Factors

Either or both parents may be ordered to provide child support, including medical and dental expenses and health insurance. The court may also order the non-custodial parent to provide daycare and childcare expenses while the custodial parent is at work or undergoing training. Income withholding may be ordered by a court to guarantee any child support payments. There are official Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines are presumed to be correct unless there is a showing that the amount would be unjust or inappropriate under the particular circumstances in a case. Factors for consideration in awarding support amounts outside the guidelines are: (1) the standard of living and situation of the parties; (2) the relative wealth and income of the parties; (3) the earning abilities of the parents; (4) the needs of the parents and the child: (5) the ages of the parents and the child: and (6) the responsibilities of the parents for the support of others. A child support worksheet is contained in the statute. In addition, a financial verification form is also required. [Utah Code Annotated; Sections 30-3-5, 30-3-5.1, and 78-45-7 to 78-45-7.5].

Utah child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Utah child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Utah child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Utah child support in the Utah state statutes located at: http://www.le.state.ut.us/.