Idaho Child Support Factors

The court may order either or both parents to provide child support until the child is 18, without regard to marital misconduct, and based upon the following factors: (1) the financial resources of the child; (2) the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had not been dissolved; (3) the physical and emotional conditions and educational needs of the child; (4) the financial resources, needs, and obligations of both the noncustodial and the custodial parent [normally, not including the parentís community property share of the financial resources or obligations with a new spouse]; (5) the availability of reasonable medical insurance coverage for the child; and (6) the actual tax benefits achieved by the parent claiming the federal dependency exemption for income tax purposes. There are provisions in Idaho for child support payments to be paid to the clerk of the court unless otherwise ordered by the court. There are specific child support guidelines adopted by the Idaho Supreme Court which are presumed to be correct unless evidence is presented that shows that the award would be inappropriate or unjust. Finally, all child support orders issued in Idaho must contain provisions allowing enforcement of the order by income withholding. [Idaho Code; Title 32, Chapters 706, 706A, and 1201+].

Idaho child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Idaho child support obligation according to each spouseís 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 Idaho child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Idaho child support in the Idaho state statutes located at: