Calculate Your Arkansas Child Support Payment Fast

Child Support Payments Calculate Your Arkansas Child Support Payment Fast

Calculate Your Arkansas Child Support Payment Fast

In Arkansas, you must provide financial child support until the kids are 18 or they graduate from high school. Among divorced or separated parents, the non-custodial parent should make consistent payments to the custodial parent.

The state recommends establishing child support agreements through court order or divorce judgment as most informal agreements don't work and the custodial parent is left to bear the cost of raising a child. However, if you're keen on supporting your child and making regular payments, you can proceed with an informal agreement as it gives you flexibility on payment terms and dates.

In this guide, we'll discuss how much you should pay legally and ways you can claim or reduce your payments using DoNotPay. 

How Are Child Support Payments Enforced in Arkansas?

If a parent refuses to make child support payments, the custodial parent will file for a child support order or a motion for contempt against the non-custodial parent.

The court can also take measures to collect child support, including wage garnishment and withholding of income, unemployment compensation, workmen's compensation, pension, and non-earned funds. 

How is Child Support Calculated in Arkansas?

Parents can settle on guidelines for child support as long as they meet the standards of the law and get approved by the court. This is because the money received belongs to the child but not the custodial parent.

The court calculates child support as a percentage of the non-custodial parent's income after deductions. It interprets income as a wide range of resources available to help the child. However, both parents must submit their affidavit of financial statements to help the court make the best decision.

There are two main methods used to determine the amount one pays for child support: 

Income Shares Model Calculator

For a rough idea of how child support is calculated, input your own information below to get a ballpark idea of how much child support may be owed in your case.

Step One: Identify Income

List the monthly income for each parent then calculate the total combined monthly income (I) then identify the percentage that each parent contributes to that value (p1 and P2).

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly Income (i1)Monthly Income (i2)Combined Monthly Income (I=(i1+i2))
Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)

Step Two: Identity Basic Parental Obligation

In order to calculate how much each parent would spend raising a child, use an expenditures table like the example below to list the associated costs of raising a child where you live.  Then sum the total expenditures (e) and multiply that by the number of children shared (n) for the total parental obligation (O).

Ordinary Expenses Associated With Raising Children
  • Housing: Rent, utilities, mortgage, property taxes, insurance, etc.
  • Apparel: Clothing, shoes
  • Food
  • Transportation: Finance charges, leases, gas & oil, maintenance & repairs, etc. o
  • Entertainment: Admission, lessons, activity fees, pets, toys, equipment o
  • Miscellaneous: Personal care, etc.
  • Education and Extracurricular Activities: Ordinary costs for education and extracurricular activities
Medical Insurance
  • Premiums
  • Dedicutables
  • Copays
Childcare
  • Daycare
  • Pre-K education
  • After/before school care
Extraordinary Medical Expenses
  • Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses
  • Catastrophic illness or injury expenses

Once you have the sum of all expenditures, multiply that total by the percentage (as a decimal) each parent contributes to the monthly income in order to assign basic parental obligation.

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly IncomeMonthly IncomeCombined Monthly Income (I)
%  of Combined Income (p1)% of Combined Income (p2)
Total Basic  Parental Obligation (O=en)
Obligee Parental Obligation (b1=O(p1))Obligor Parental Obligation (b2=O(p1))

Step Three: Make Physical Care Adjustments

Because the expenses of raising a child in two households are often duplicated, the basic child support obligation must be multiplied by 1.5 to account for the associated costs. Then, each parent’s proportional amount of the shared physical care obligation is multiplied by the percentage of time the other parent spends with the child.

The respective child support obligations are offset, with the parent owing more child support paying the difference between the child support amounts.

Obligee/Custodial ParentObligor/Non-Custodial Parent
Monthly Income (i1)Monthly Income (i2)Combined Monthly Income (I=(i1+i2))
Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)Contribution to Income Income (p1=i1/I)
Total Basic  Parental Obligation (O=en)
Obligee Basic Parental Obligation (b1=O(p1))Obligor Basic Parental Obligation (b2=O(p1))
% of Custodial Time (t1)% of Custodial Time (t2)Shared Physical Care Adjustment (A=O(1.5))
% of Custodial Time (t1)% of Custodial Time (t2)
Obligee Child Support Obligation (s1=A(t1))Obligor Child Support Obligation (s2=A(t2))Total Child Support Owed by Obligor (S=s2-s1)

Demand Child Support Payments With the Help of DoNotPay

Do you lack the time or means to demand money from a stubborn non-custodial parent? You should seek professionals to help you demand child support more easily.

If you want to file a demand letter for late child support payments but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.

     

  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made, the number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.

     

  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.

     

Lower Child Support Payments With the Help of DoNotPay

If you're struggling with your bills and would like to lower your child support payments, you can achieve this easily with DoNotPay. Here are the steps you can follow to lower child support debt using DoNotPay:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and select the state your child support agreement was established in.
  2. Answer a series of questions about your current financial situation and your past payments to help guide the application.
  3. Confirm your current contact information, and enter the location of the county court that established your child support agreement, so we can mail your request on your behalf!

Why Use DoNotPay to Lower or Demand Child Support? 

DoNotPay is a highly trusted product that helps people solve their legal issues faster, easier, and more legitimately. Here’s why you can rely on DoNotPay to make the best case for you to win your case.

  • Fast—You don't have to spend hours trying to find out how to lower or demand child support or counter opponent arguments
  • Easy—You don't have to struggle to fill out tedious forms or keep track of all the steps involved in filing for lower or child support orders
  • Successful—You can rest assured knowing we'll make the best case to help you provide for your child

Providing for your child should be a high priority if you want to avoid legal claims. Although the court determines the amount you should pay for child support, it can help you lower your payments if you're more dedicated to your child's growth. Register with DoNotPay to learn how you can lower your child support payments today.

What Else Can DoNotPay do?

DoNotPay can also help you build strong cases in other legal matters than child support claims. With our vast experience with many legal systems across the US, you can rely on us to find the best solution for you.

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