Child Support

Getting the Support You Need for Your Kids

One of the most well-known points of discussion in a divorce case is the amount of ongoing support the custodial parent will need for the children. Child support amounts are calculated in accord with the most recent revision of the Family Support Chart.


Defining Income

Arkansas courts define income as any form of payment periodic or otherwise, due to an individual, regardless of source, including wages, salaries, commissions, bonuses, worker’s compensation, disability, payments pursuant to a pension or retirement program, and interest less proper deduction for:

  • Federal and state income tax
  • Withholding for Social Security (FICA), Medicare, and railroad retirement
  • Medical insurance paid for dependent children
  • Presently paid support for other dependents by court order, regardless of the date of entry of the order or orders

For individuals who are self-employed, the court calculates the support amount based on the last two years’ of the individual’s federal and state tax returns, as well as quarterly estimates for the current year.

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