Oklahoma Child Support Factors

The parent awarded custody of the child must provide for the education and support of the child to the best of his or her ability. If such support is inadequate, the non-custodial parent must assist in the support to the best of his or her ability. A portion of the non-custodial parentís property may be set aside for the custodial parentís use in supporting the child. The only factors for consideration set out in the statute are: (1) the income and means of the parents and (2) the property and assets of the parents. There are official child support guidelines and compilation forms in the statute and forms are provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and are available from any court clerk. The amount of support as shown by the guidelines is presumed to be correct unless it is shown to be unjust, unreasonable, inappropriate, or inequitable under the particular circumstances of a case. Child support computation forms are available from the clerk of the court. Child support payments may be required to be paid through the clerk of the court. Security or bond may be required for the payments and income withholding may be used to guarantee the payments. [Oklahoma Statutes Annotated; Title 43, Sections 110, 112, 118, 119, 121, and 136 and Title 56, Sections 235+].

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