Here are the general steps involved in calculating child support in Oklahoma:
Determine the gross income of each parent: This includes wages, salaries, tips, commissions, self-employment income, rental income, and other sources of income.
Subtract certain allowable deductions: Allowable deductions include federal, state, and local taxes, social security and Medicare taxes, mandatory retirement contributions, health insurance premiums, and other court-ordered child support obligations.
Calculate the adjusted gross income for each parent: This is the gross income minus the allowable deductions.
Determine the combined adjusted gross income of both parents.
Refer to the Oklahoma Child Support Guideline Schedule: The guideline provides a basic child support obligation based on the combined adjusted gross income and the number of children involved. This obligation represents the estimated amount of child support needed to support the child based on the parents' income.
Allocate the child support obligation between the parents: The obligation is divided proportionally based on each parent's percentage of the combined adjusted gross income and overnights.
Adjust the child support obligation for additional factors: The court may consider factors such as the cost of health insurance for the child, child care expenses, medical expenses, educational expenses, and the number of overnight stays with each parent.
Determine the final child support amount.
It's important to note that child support calculations can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. If you require a precise calculation, it is recommended to consult with a family law attorney or use the resources provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services or the Oklahoma Child Support Services agency.
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