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Question: A third party (such as a grandparent or foster parent) has custody of the child. How can I calculate the child support that each of the two parents owes to the third party?

Answer:

We are not aware of any state in which there is a formula for this.

One approach would be the following:

1. Enter the parent parties' incomes and the children.

2. Set custody with the first party, with the actual # of overnights that the 2nd party has assigned to 2nd party.

3. This would give the 2nd party's child support obligation to 3rd party.

4. Now set custody of the children with the 2nd party, with the actual # of overnights that the 1st party has assigned to 1st party.

5. This would give the 1st party's child support obligation to 3rd party.

We are sure that there are other ways to think about this situation, but this proposal is one of them.