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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, July 13, 2019 1:00 am

Child support calculations streamlined

The duty to provide child support now ends when a child reaches his or her 19th birthday unless the child is still in secondary school, according to a law that took effect this month.

The new rules, in a measure authored by Indiana Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, have been incorporated into new online calculators by the Indiana Office of Judicial Administration and the Indiana Judicial Conference Domestic Relations Committee.

Users are asked to “answer questions about children, income, parenting time, health care and other costs and generate only the forms you need to file,” according to a news release. Users can save, retrieve and share their calculations or print them to present in court, and they can generate a running tally of the child support they've paid.

A previous version of the calculators – a downloadable Windows program that is now obsolete – had 125,000 users last year. “About $850 million in child support was collected and paid to parents last year,” according to the release. The new calculators – one for parents, and one for practitioners – are available at courts.in.gov/childsupport.