To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement.
When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in Maine.
Disclaimer: Please remember that these calculators are for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator.
For the most part, these calculators assume that all of the children at issue will primarily live with one parent. They are not intended to estimate child support for joint physical custody or split custody arrangements.
These calculators do not take into account any possible adjustments for children who are not subject to the custody order, but who are living with one of the parents. Finally, these calculators may be based on older or outdated state guidelines or calculations and may not take into consideration state or federal tax implications on income.
These and many other factors can affect a child support order entered by a court.
In the state of Maine, the Division of Support Enforcement & Recovery (DSER) enforces child support orders and assists in the modification process. Sometimes, child support orders need to be modified to reflect changes in either parent’s lifestyle and their ability to provide financial support for their child. Additionally, the needs of the child may change over time and the support order may need to be modified accordingly.
In order to modify your child support order, you need to request an order review from the Case Review Unit. The Case Review Unit will then obtain necessary information from both parents, including financial information and expenses for the child.
If your child support order is less than three years old, it can’t be increased or decreased unless the change in the amount of child support is 15% or greater. Therefore, you can’t modify your child support order unless there is a significant change.
In addition to assisting with support order modification, the DSER also offers many other services to eligible parents:
For more information about child support guidelines and procedures in the state of Maine, please visit: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/dser/.