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Family Law Software can calculate child support guideline amounts in 21 states.

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Question: How Can I Calculate Family Support?

Answer: "Family Support" is a calculation that is popular in California.

It follows a California statute that allows people to designate payments from one spouse to another as "Family Support," meaning an undifferentiated combination of child and spousal support.

The hope is that this all will be taxed as spousal support, but that rarely will happen. IRS rules which force payments to be treated as child support if they cease within a year of a signifcant date in a child's life see to that.

However, if you wish to do this calculation, you can do it very quickly in Family Law Software.

Here is what you would do:

1. Set "actual" child and spousal support to be what you wish (e.g., the system-calculated amounts).

2. On the Projected After-Tax Cash Flow report, see what the recipient's After-Tax Cash is for the first year.

3. Go to the Negotiate tab > Alimony Needed screen, and enter this amount as target #4, Target $/Year of After-Tax Cash. Also, check the box to use "unallocated" spousal support (this is the same thing as "Family Support.")

The alimony amount calculated on the Alimony Needed screen will be the "Family Support" amount.


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