Diagnosing Differences in Child Support Worksheets

We have had numerous calls in the past where the customer says that the Child Support worksheet produced by our program in their office does not match what is on the worksheet sent to them by opposing counsel who also uses our program. The caller did not know how to determine what has made the two worksheets different.

The best way to do this is to ask the opposing counsel for a copy of the Client Data Report. This report is available on the Worksheet tab of the program and is listed at the bottom on the left. It is labeled, “Client Data”. This report is a listing of all inputs to the program along with the suggestions that the program produces.

If you have both Client Data reports, you can go through them side-by-side, entry-by-entry and you can clearly see where the differences are in the inputs. Then you can discuss why there are differences and come to an agreement as to what the values should be.

The other factor in differences in worksheets could be the version of the program. At the bottom of every report generated by the program is the version number. If those do not match between your worksheet and that of the opposing counsel, then one (or both) of you have an outdated version of the program. It is simple to learn what the current version released is: Open our website – www.bradleysoftware.com – and navigate to the SUPPORT menu and then click on UPDATES. This page lists the current version for all of our programs.

Please note that this process works for diagnosing the Section E tax adjustment as well. This complex calculation performed by the Kansas Child support Calculator is dependent on a variety of inputs. If your inputs match those of the opposing counsel and both of you are running the latest version, then the suggested amount on the Client Data report will match. If the suggestion matches, then check to see if the entry matches the suggestion. For Section E tax adjustments there is a report named “Tax Adjustments” on the Worksheet tab in the program that shows all of the calculation steps in determining the suggested Section E Tax Adjustment. Comparing your Tax Adjustment report with that of the opposing counsel will show you where these differences are.

About Brad Short

CEO : Bradley Software; Of Counsel at Short, Borth & Thilges, Attorneys at Law, LLC, Overland Park, Kansas. Born Birmingham, Alabama, December 27, 1941; admitted to bar,1966, Kansas and U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; 1975, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1976, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of Colorado (B.A., 1963; J.D., 1966). Contributing Author, Practitioner's Guide to Kansas Family Law, Kansas Bar Association, 1997. Listed in: The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, every year from 1987 through 2013. Member, Technology Advisory Committee, Kansas Judicial Council, 1991-1998. Member: Bourbon County, 1966-1977 (President, 1970-1971), Johnson County (Member: Ethics and Grievance Committee, 1984-1998; Family Law Bench/Bar Committee, 1984-), Kansas and American (Vice-Chair, Solo Practitioners and Small Firms Committee, Economics of Law Practice Section, 1984-1985) Bar Associations; Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1974-1984 (State Treasurer, 1975-76; Member, Board of Governors, 1974-1984). Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994-2013 . Practice areas: Family Law.
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