Alert: Double Check Your Child Support Numbers – New Guidelines, Calculator Inaccurate
Calculating child support is complicated and stressful and the state’s new guidelines aren’t making things any easier.
The new guidelines have made some improvements and clarified some ambiguities. We were one of the first to report on the complexities of the new guidelines and have now identified some errors in making calculations. The automatic child support payment calculator on the state’s website is not 100 percent accurate, we’ve found, and can result in flawed results.
We learned of the glitch when we suspected that some payments determined by the state’s calculator were off. So we manually ran some numbers and compared them to the findings from the state’s calculator and found that our suspicions were correct.
The state is aware of this problem and is reportedly taking steps to address it, along with some other concerns that have been raised about the new guidelines.
As a result, we are advising all clients to manually check and double check their numbers and we are doing the same to ensure that all of our clients are paying or receiving the appropriate amount. Accurate child support payments are an essential part of a separation agreement or a divorce and can have a major impact on your family.
If you are having trouble figuring out the new guidelines or suspect that your payments are not being calculated accurately, we urge you to contact us immediately. The financial security of you and your children depends upon it.