Line 2c Instructions

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Adjustment to gross income for other children residing with a parent

DIRECTIONS: On line 2.c.i., enter the number of other natural or adopted children in the actual custody of each parent other, than the children for whom support is being now calculated. An adjustment is automatically calculated based upon the amount in the schedule of basic child support obligations that represents that parent's support obligation using the parent's gross income (line 1) without any adjustment for other children for whom the parent is responsible. The credit is automatically inserted on line 2.c.ii.

On line 2.c.iii., enter the monthly amount of child support actually being received pursuant to an existing court or administrative order for the children entered on line 2.c.i. Note this amount cannot exceed the credit calculated on line 2.c.ii. If the support received exceeds the credit, the value on line 2.c.iii will be automatically reduced.

The amount of the adjustment is the amount in the schedule of basic child support obligations that represents that parent's support obligation based only on that parent's gross income and without any adjustment for other children for whom that parent is responsible.

CAVEAT: The adjustment for a child for whom there is an existing court or administrative order shall be reduced by the amount that is actually being paid in current support payments.

COMMENTS:

A. An adjustment is appropriate in a proceeding to establish a child support order or to modify the support payable under an existing order. The adjustment is available for the parent's natural and adopted children but not the parent's stepchildren.

  1. In any action to decrease child support, a parent obligated to pay support shall not be entitled to a line 2(c) credit for children born to or adopted by the parent obligated to pay support after the entry of the current order. However, the parent obligated to pay support will be allowed a line 2(c) credit for children that have remained primarily residing with the parent obligated to pay support from prior to the existing order.

  2. In any action to increase child support, a parent obligated to pay support shall be entitled to a line 2(c) credit for children born to or adopted by the parent obligated to pay support after the entry of the current order. However, the use of the credit alone cannot act to reduce the current support amount in the action in question.

B. Children are in a parent's "primary physical custody" though living away from the parent to attend school.