How do I decide which child support worksheet to use?
The Guidelines set child support in all three potential custody arrangements — sole, joint and split. “Sole” custody calculations occur under Worksheet A, which applies when the non-custodial parent has the child for fewer than 123 overnights during the year. To fall under the Guidelines definition of “joint” custody and to be eligible for a support calculation under Worksheet B, the secondary parent must have the child overnighting with that parent at least 123 nights each year.
In general, the calculation of the secondary parent’s child support obligation under Worksheet B will yield a lower child support amount than use of Worksheet A. “Split” custody, which uses Worksheet C, refers to families with more than one child, where at least one child lives with one parent full-time and the other child or children live with the other parent.