Is there a universal child support and alimony calculator? Simply, the answer is no. The federal government requires that all states have child support guidelines. Many states use computer programs which we call calculators. If your state does not have a calculator, there is a formula which is set forth in your state’s guideline. Some states also include alimony or spousal support in the calculators.
It is important to understand that each state has deviations from the guideline child support. In many states where the timeshare or percentage of time with the children is not included within the guideline, joint custody can be a deviation from guideline support. In simple terms, a deviation allows the court to reduce child support. Therefore, in most states, joint child custody will significantly reduce your child support obligation.
Secret Divorce teaches techniques to reduce your child support and alimony. It is imperative that you understand your state’s guideline and that you plan early to reduce your child support and alimony.