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The amount of child support that each parent is expected to contribute is determined by the application of the Indiana Child Support Guidelines. These Guidelines provide the rules by which each parent’s income is figured. In many cases there are disagreements as to what should be included, such as overtime compensation, bonus income, self employment, unemployment and other sources or resources. Child support calculations also involve the amount of visitation, and the expenses for child care and health insurance.
Indiana, unlike a number of other states, authorizes a court in a divorce or paternity action to order parents to contribute to the educational costs including college or other post-high school education of their children. Support orders of this nature involve an analysis of the child’s aptitude and ability, the costs of the education, each parent’s financial ability to contribute, the availability of student loans, and the ability of the child to contribute.