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

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Question: How Can I Show Reductions of Child Support?

Answer: When the oldest child reaches age 18 (age 21 in New York), he or she typically is no longer eligible for child support.

If there are other children, they continue to be eligible.

So child support continues, but at a reduced amount.

The question that arises is how much support is reduced.

If you are in a state for which Family Law Software calculates child support, you can quickly get a sense of what the reduced amount will be.

Here are the steps:

1. If you are using the Financial tab, click Financial tab > Children; if you are using the Lawyer tab, click Lawyer tab > Background & Child.

2. Click "more info" on the oldest child.

3. For the question, "Is this child young enough to qualify for child support?" click "No."

4. See what the calculated child support amount is now (Financial tab > Child Support, or Lawyer tab > Support/Alimony).

5. Make a note of this figure.

6. Repeat for additional children.

7. For each child, go back and restore the "yes" values for the question, "Is this child young enough to qualify for child support?"

8. Go back to the Child Support screen (Financial tab > Child Support, or Lawyer tab > Support/Alimony > "more info").

9. Fill in the modified level, and year through which the modified level will continue.

10. Repeat, if appropriate, for a second modified level.

11. You may also override the annual child support numbers at the bottom of the screen.

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