If you want to make use of the Utah Child Support Guidelines, you will have to know the adjusted gross incomes of the parents involved. There are several sources from which a parent’s income could be. These are:
- Wages and Salaries
- Military Pay
- Alimony Payments
- Income From Trusts
- Gifts and Prizes
- Social Security Benefits
- Unemployment Compensation
Note that there are some benefits that can be omitted, such as welfare benefits, general assistance and housing subsidies.
Should you need an in-depth list of what you should include in your calculations, check out the Utah Code § 78B-12-203 (2020).
If a parent is unemployed or underemployed to avoid paying child support, a court can get involved.
The court can assign a higher income based on the parent in question’s past and current earnings.
However, income won’t be assigned to a custodial parent who is staying home to take care of the child and meet their needs. This is also applicable if childcare costs are the same as the parent’s income.
The time that each parent will spend with the child needs to be kept in mind as well. There are several that time can be shared. The guidelines have a different calculation when it comes to parents with sole custody. There is an obvious difference between sole custody, joint custody and split custody.
For more information on these custody differences and how it affects child support, you can read more on the Utah Courts Website. There is a section on parent-time and custody.