Child Support is based on Iowa’s uniform child support guidelines. A parent’s basic child support obligation is based on a percentage of the total family adjusted net monthly income. Family adjusted net monthly income is the total of each parent’s individual adjusted net monthly income. The basic child support obligation is then determined from a chart of the family adjusted net monthly income and the number of children. The basic support obligation is shared between the parents in proportion to his/her respective share of the family adjusted net monthly income. Where one parent is awarded physical care and the other parent is awarded visitation, the non-custodial parent pays child support. Child support is calculated differently for joint physical care and split physical care.
For more information on child support see the Child Support Handout here.