In Utah, by law, every child is entitled to the support of both parents, whether the parents are married or not. Although Utah law provides child support guidelines used by the courts to calculate a parent’s base child support obligation. There are many child support considerations that need to be determined by parents, including payment of the following:
Child support typically continues until a child is 18. Upon petition by either parent, the courts may modify the child support obligations, if there have been significant changes in income or other circumstances. Utah courts generally set base child support according to set statutory guidelines although, in extraordinary circumstances, a court may order a different amount. Sometimes parents may agree to an arrangement for a child support amount that differs from the court guidelines, but the courts must approve their agreement before it becomes an enforceable order of support. The court offers a child support calculator to help you get an idea of where your base child support may range.
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