How is child support calculated?

Child support is calculated using each parent’s gross income from all sources of income and the number of overnights the child spends in each parent’s home. The state of Utah has created a child support calculator to determine support. If you would like to know what you might pay or might receive, visit

You will need to know your gross income and that of the other parent. It is a simple form which will ask you about your income, the number of children and the number of overnights the children will spend in each home. The form then makes the calculation based on the information provided and provides you a worksheet and the support amount.
If your spouse does not have regular employment or is self-employed, calculating child support is not as straight forward. We can assist you in determining what your spouse’s income is for child support purposes.