Separation is difficult, especially when it involves children. There are certain procedures and regulations in place to help make sure that even though parents are splitting up, children maintain a level of stability.
If you are considering or undergoing separation or divorce, and you or your ex-partner serve in the military, there are a few rules that you should be aware of, particularly in regards to calculating child support.
You must follow the rules
Regardless of your status, Indiana provides a set of guidelines and rules that govern all child support calculations and distributions. Any child support agreements made between parents must adhere to these guidelines.
Therefore, if you are seeking to settle things outside of court, it may be beneficial to consult with an attorney to ensure that the terms of the support calculation, as well as all other aspects of your separation, are in alignment with the law.
Determining parental income
An essential part of determining child support is determining what each parent's expected income will be once the separation/divorce is finalized. For military members, this means looking at:
- Leave and earning statements
- A military pay chart
- The Attorney General's tax chart
Along with regular payments, some service members receive additional allowances for clothing and housing. All of these documents provide detailed information about the person's pay. If your military ex-partner isn't forthcoming with these documents (which they must provide by law), it may be necessary to petition the court in order to receive them.
The government places certain requirements on military service members. For instance, military personnel must provide health insurance for their children. Also, when service members are deployed, additional childcare services may be necessary. The court factors such requirements into its child support calculations.
By understanding the various factors that go into calculating child support for military personnel, parents can plan accordingly. For those with additional questions, it can be beneficial to consult with a knowledgeable attorney.