According to Indiana Child Support Rules and Guidelines, income that is looked at when determining child support obligation is the weekly gross income. This includes self‑employment, royalty income, rent, and other forms of Irregular Income. This total income is calculated for both parents.
However, some forms of this income are irregular and nonguaranteed. These include overtime, voluntary work, or bonuses, which bring difficulty in accurately determining the gross income of a parent. Therefore, subject to the guidelines, care should always be taken to set child support based on dependable income. However, at the same time, it should not compromise the relief a child is entitled to.
When calculating income to be considered for child support obligation payments, the parent receives benefits from means‑tested public assistance programs that are not included. Also excluded are survivor benefits received by or for other children residing in either parent’s home, return from individual retirement accounts, other retirement plans, and food stamps. Other government payments, such as social security payments or ‘veterans’ pensions, pay are included in the calculations.
In addition, when calculating regular income, such as rent and royalty, benefits such as reimbursed meals and company cars that reduce living expenses are included, but actual expenses are deducted. Also note that in the obligation worksheet, spousal maintenance, child support paid for a prior born child, and any other support paid to cater to any subsequently born children living in the house are deducted from income calculations. These expenses generally reduce the amount of income available for child support. They thus are deducted before the gross income is adjusted and calculated.