Simple Child Support Calculator
For a simple and easy calculation of child support in South Carolina, we recommend using the South Carolina Department of Social Services calculator.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services calculator is quite simple and easy to use. You can also expect it to be accurate and kept up to date in 2023.
For the state of South Carolina, we advise against using a different calculator as the results may be innacurate or misleading.
Overnights Calculator for South Carolina
According to South Carolina child support guidelines, payment amounts depend on how many overnight stays a child has with each parent annually.
Use this overnights calculator to work out how many nights of care you provide.
Calculate annual overnight stays
Vacation nights each year*
183 overnight stays per year.
50.0% of parenting time.
* Vacation nights are all nights when the regular schedule does not apply.
How Child Support is Calculated in South Carolina
Child support payments in South Carolina are calculated using the income shares method. Payments depend on the combined incomes of the parents as well as the number of children. A larger combined income or more children usually means greater payments.
The amount paid or received by an individual parent also depends on income and parenting time percentages.
- If your income percentage (your share of combined income) is higher than your care percentage (share of parenting time), you are probably the payer.
- The receiver is normally the parent with a care percentage above their income percentage.
South Carolinians paying the most child support have high incomes and rarely look after their children. On the flipside, the biggest receivers are parents who (a) work little (b) have their kids nearly all the time and (c) have a high earner as the other parent.
Shared physical custody means that each parent has court-ordered visitation with the children for more than 109 overnights each year (>30%) and that both parents contribute to the expenses of the child(ren) in addition to any child support payments.
The court can determine a total child support obligation by adding the basic child support obligation, health insurance premium (portion covering children), and work related child care costs. A. The total child support obligation is divided between the parents in proportion to their income.South Carolina Department of Social Services
South Carolinian child support guidelines apply to the whole state, including the cities of Charleston, Columbia, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Rock Hill and Greenville. Variations in support payments may be made by the agreement of parents or at the discretion of a judge presiding over your case.
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