How Utah’s New Child Support Guidelines Will Impact Families
In the 2022 legislative session, the State of Utah made adjustments to its child support guidelines. These new guidelines will be used for all child support awards established after January 1, 2023. Under Utah Code 78B-12-303 and 304, existing orders modified going forward will be updated according to the old guideline as the government works to move all established orders to the new guidelines after January 1, 2025.
What You Need to Know: Key Changes to Utah Code 78B-12-303 and 304
The following changes to Utah Code 78B-12-303 and 304 will impact child support awards established after January 1, 2023.
- Payment schedules have been adjusted, with contributions staggered throughout the year according to the payer’s income.
- The low-income table has been raised from $900 to $1,951 based on a party’s combined gross monthly income.
- Existing child support awards established before January 1, 2023, will remain in force until they are automatically updated to the new policy after January 1, 2025.
- The new guidelines include special rules for parents with split or shared parenting arrangements.
- The guidelines also include adjustments to accommodate for cost-of-living changes over time.
How Will Changes to Utah Code 78B-12-303 and 304 Affect Your Child Support Award?
Of the many changes made to Utah Code 78B-12-303 and 304, for many families, the most impactful changes relate to the low-income table used to make child support awards. These updated guidelines were enacted to ensure greater accuracy and fairness when determining awards. The low-income table, which is based on a party’s combined gross monthly income, changed from $900 to $1,951, so if you don’t fall into that category, the new guidelines will likely not impact your case. The combined income on the sunsetting low-income table started at $900 per month, so many more cases will fall into this category than before changes were made to Utah Code 78B-12-303 and 304.
If your case has a combined gross monthly income below the new threshold, you should immediately contact an attorney to determine how you may be impacted. Call (801) 396-9656 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a family law attorney at RCG Law Group. We can review your case and help you understand how these changes will impact your situation.