# Maine Child Support Worksheet - Divorce Source

CALCULATING “AMOUNT FROM TABLE” FOR LINES 8a, 8b,
AND 8c OF THE WORKSHEET
1. Look at the Child Support Table. It is divided into two age categories. The one on the left is for children under 12.
The one on the right is for children 12 and over.
2. Circle the amount in the Table under “Parents’ Combined Annual Income” that is closest to the “Combined
Income” on Line 6c of the Worksheet. From that number draw a line across both age categories of the Table.
3. In the “Number of Children” column in each age category, circle the TOTAL number of children in this case.
The number you circle should be the same as the number you wrote on Line 8a of the Worksheet.
If you have children under 12, draw a line from the circled number of children down the column until it meets the
line you drew for parents’ yearly combined income. Circle the number where the lines meet and write the number
you circled in the space after “amount from table” on Line 8b of the Worksheet.
If you have children 12 or over, draw a line from the circled number of children down the column until it meets the
line you drew for parents’ yearly combined income. Circle the number where the lines meet and write the number
you circled in the space after “amount from table” on Line 8c of the Worksheet.
4. For example, if you have two children under 12 and two children over 12 and a combined annual gross income of
\$18,000, use the column for 4 children in both age categories. The “Parents’ Combined Annual Income” and the
“Number of Children” lines should meet at \$30 in the under 12 category. The lines should meet at \$38 in the over
12 category.
Using this example, you would write the following on the Worksheet:
8a. Total number of children 4
8b. Number of children ages 0-11 2 multiplied by amount from table \$
30 = \$ 60
8c. Number of children ages 12-17 2 multiplied by amount from table \$ 38 = \$ 76
NON-PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS WITH VERY LOW INCOMES
When the non-primary care provider’s income is very low, different rules for calculating child support apply. These
rules are explained in the Child Support Guidelines, 19-A M.R.S.A. § 2006(5)(C). If the non-primary care provider’s
income falls in the self-support reserve (the shaded area of the Child Support Table), check the box in the non-primary
care provider column next to “self-support reserve” on the child support worksheet. If the non-primary care
provider’s income is lower than all income amounts listed in the Child Support Table, check the box next to “below
poverty level” on the child support worksheet.
CALCULATING AMOUNT FOR LINE 4c OF THE WORKSHEET
(OTHER CHILDREN LIVING WITH NON-PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER)
If the non-primary care provider has a legal obligation to support other children living in his/her home, the non-primary
care provider is entitled to a credit. The amount of the credit is written on line 4c. To determine the credit to be entered
on Line 4c, follow the steps in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, and 4, with some changes. In step 2, circle the amount in the Table
under “Parents’ Combined Annual Income” that is closest to the non-primary care provider’s total gross income after
any deductions on Line 4b. Do not circle the combined yearly gross income of both parties in this case. In step 3, in
the “Number of Children” column in each age category, circle the total number of other children living with the non-
primary care provider that the non-primary care provider has a legal obligation to support. Do not circle the total
number of children in this case.
Warning: If there is an existing child support order for the children in this case, the credit may not apply.
CALCULATING THE HEALTH INSURANCE ADJUSTMENT
FOR SECTION 13b OF THE WORKSHEET
If the non-primary care provider pays the cost of the children’s health insurance, that parent’s weekly support
obligation must be adjusted. The amount of the adjustment is the cost of the health insurance for the children (line 9).
Put the amount from line 9 on the line next to “Health insurance adjustment.” Subtract this number from the non-
primary care provider’s support obligation to determine the amount that must be paid as support.
If the primary care provider pays the cost of the children’s health insurance or if neither parent pays for health
insurance, enter 0 on the line next to “health insurance adjustment.”
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