Proposed revisions to Indiana’s Child Support Guidelines, which are used to make decisions about child support in all actions for child support including divorces, legal separations, paternity cases and Title IV-D proceedings, have been posted for public comment, with feedback requested by noon on May 17.
The Domestic Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana has offered the amendments to the Indiana Child Support Rules and Guidelines which would become effective Jan. 1, 2020. In particular, the proposed changes address:
- A parent’s legal duty to support a prior-born child when no court order exists;
- Consideration of whether paying child support prohibits a parent’s ability to support himself or herself;
- In-kind benefits and payments from structured settlements as income;
- Situations in which a parent is incarcerated, and;
- Clarification of children’s health insurance costs
Comments may be submitted online or mailed to Indiana Office of Court Services, c/o Domestic Relations Committee, 251 N. Illinois St., Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
The Indiana Supreme Court has final authority over the guidelines.