Child Support in Arkansas
- Support is determined by your take-home (net) pay, which is what you get after taxes, healthcare, and other payments are taken out of your gross paycheck.
- One month equals 4.334 weeks, according to the guideline calculations.
- Bi-weekly = every two weeks, or 26 times a year.
- Semi-monthly = two checks a month, or 24 times a year.
- If your take-home pay falls between chart amounts, use the lower chart amount.
- If your income is more than the chart amount, use the following percentages for 1 to 6 children: 15% for one child; 21% for two children; 25% for three children; 28% for four children; 30% for five children; and 32% for six children.
- NOTE: If your take-home pay is more than the chart amount, you will apply the percentage to the amount OVER the maximum chart amount. For example, the maximum weekly amount is $1,000.00. If you make $1,200.00 a week, you will multiply $200.00 by 15% for one child ($30.00). The highest child support amount is $149.00. Add $30.00 to $149.00 for a total child support amount of $179.00.
- If you are paid bonuses, you may have to pay a percentage of the bonus for child support. Use the same percentages above to calculate your obligation for bonus payments.
- If you are required to pay the Arkansas Clearinghouse, there will be administrative costs. Those costs (currently $36 annually) do not count toward your child support obligation.