Iowa Child Support Calculator | Guidelines

The Iowa Child Support Estimator provides a way for you to estimate the amount of child support you may be entitled to or obligated to pay. Iowa’s Child Support Recovery Unit has an online program that allows you to enter in the requisite information in order to obtain an estimate of the amount of child support owed. This is only an estimate and may change when an order is issued. However, the estimate is based on the same guidelines used by officials to determine how much child support is owed.

How to Calculate:

Step 1: Go to this website:

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Step 2: Read the disclaimer and click “continue” and you will be brought to this page:

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Step 3: Enter the following information and click “calculate”:

  • Number of Children
  • Check whether you or the other parent has primary physical care
  • Is there an existing child support order for these children?
  • Yes, the amount of support is:
  • Number of Court-Ordered Overnight Stays with Noncustodial Parent
  • I have other eligible dependent children.
  • How many?
  • Other parent has other eligible dependent children.
  • How many?
  • I have Health Insurance Available.
  • Monthly Amount for Individual Coverage
  • Monthly Amount for Family Coverage
  • Other parent has Health Insurance Available.
  • Monthly Amount for Individual Coverage
  • Monthly Amount for Family Coverage
  • Applicant’s Monthly Income
    • Gross Monthly Income (before taxes and deductions)
    • Federal Tax
    • State Tax
    • Social Security (FICA)
    • Mandatory Pension
    • Mandatory Occupational License Fee
    • Union Dues
    • Medical Support Paid for a Different Child Support Order
    • Prior Child and Spouse Support Paid for a Different Child Support Order
    • Child Care Expense
  • Other Parent’s Income
    • Monthly Income
    • Gross Monthly Income (before taxes and deductions)
    • Federal Tax
    • State Tax
    • Social Security (FICA)
    • Other Monthly Deductions
    • Mandatory Pension
    • Mandatory Occupational License Fee
    • Union Dues
    • Medical Support Paid for a Different Child Support Order
    • Prior Child and Spouse Support Paid for a Different Child Support Order
    • Child Care Expense

The Guidelines used by the Iowa courts and the Child Support Recovery Unit and the online estimator are set forth below:

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