Utah Child Support Attorney

Child Support Considerations

Fortunately, child support amounts are set forth by Utah statutes using an on-line form that automatically calculates support estimates.  The child support calculation  incorporates Utah’s statutory guidelines and are used by most family law lawyers.   Under the Utah Department of Human Services, the ORS asks the following questions when calculating child support obligations:

  1. What is the mother’s name?
  2. What is the father’s name?
  3. What is the mother’s monthly gross income?
  4. What is the father’s monthly gross income?
  5. How many natural and adopted children are involved in this child support action?
  6. What are the amounts of previously ordered child support that either the mother or the father were ordered to pay? (Do not include child support ordered for children in Question 5.)
  7. What are the amounts of previously ordered alimony that is actually paid by either the mother or the father? (Do not enter alimony paid for this action.)
  8. For Split Custody only, How many of the children from Question 5 will be in the custody of each parent?
  9. For Joint Custody only, How many overnights will the children from Question 5 stay with each parent, the values entered must be at least 111 days or more for each parent and must total 365 days?
  10. Which parent is the Plaintiff for the support action?
  11. Does the mother and the mother’s current spouse have any natural or adopted children together in the mother’s present home that are not part of this child support action? If so, how many?
  12. Does the father and the father’s current spouse have any natural or adopted children together in the father’s present home that are not part of this child support action? If so, how many?

The child support calculator can be found at the following location: https://orscsc.dhs.utah.gov/orscscapp-hs/orscscweb/action/public/custodyWorksheet/show.  Contact an experienced Utah child support attorney for additional questions.  Note: when calculating the child support obligation, it is well advised to meet with a family law lawyer or divorce attorney to assist with estimating potential child support liability.

Spousal Support Considerations

Spousal support is set up to help a former mate maintain the standard of living that existed during the marriage and assist in the transition to be self-supporting.  The Utah courts consider various factors, including the length of marriage, needs of the petitioning party, the paying party’s ability to pay, level of education of the party requesting support, and marital standard of living.  Determining final spousal support orders can be quite complex; and modifying existing orders can be even more complicated.  Contact a Utah child support attorney for questions related to spousal support.  Call a Salt Lake City divorce attorney or South Jordan divorce attorney for a legal representation.

See Utah Child Support Modification for more information.

Call a Utah Child Support Attorney

Call one of our Utah divorce attorneys at (801) 495-4104.  With offices in South Jordan, Layton, and Salt Lake City, our divorce attorney and family law team offer a free initial consultation.  Offices include South Jordan divorce attorney, Layton divorce attorney, and Salt Lake City divorce attorney location.