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Crunching numbers for child support

Punching numbers into a child support calculator is easy. Any Internet search for your state's child support guidelines and you're bound to find a useful little calculating tool to help you. But, what if you don't know which numbers to use? That useful little calculating tool has suddenly turned into a useless blinking box on your computer screen.

Child support calculators are fine if both you and your ex have typical jobs and standard tax returns. However, many Americans are self-employed or earning partial income from cash and estimating their child support requires more than just a calculator.  Although the income reflected on your tax return is usually the first number used when calculating child support, there are many other sources of income to consider. Side jobs, investments, seasonal work and more can make calculating child support extremely difficult. When looking for a true number to use, these sources and others should not be overlooked.

Many states, like California, offer a child support handbook which explains the basics of calculating child support and making changes to it. These handbooks can be extremely useful. However, when there are questions of income, or things like the value of a business and liquid assets, an attorney and aiding forensic accountants may make all the difference.

If you feel your child support amount is not being calculated correctly due to off-the-book earnings, it is important to counsel with an attorney well versed in family law. With legal help, arriving at a true number should be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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