Popup Calculator: If you double-click some of the cells (e.g., a party's Monthly Income (gross) on the Front Page), a Calculator will popup, and you can then calculate a number and paste it into that cell. For example, if you know that the Husband makes $75,000 a year, you can divide that by 12 on the Calculator and then paste that result into the cell without having to retype it.
Tool Tips: Most of the boxes or buttons have a Tool Tip that explains the button, box or number. Use the mouse/touchpad to place the pointer over the item and the Tool Tip will appear. If the number or box is self-explanatory, there is not a Tool Tip.
Hyperlinks: When the pointer (generally, an arrow) passes over some text and changes to a hand, you can click on that text, and you will then be taken to an explanation of that text. For example, the pointer will change to a hand when it passes over some of the text in the Child Support Factors frame on the Front Page. If you click on that text, the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines Instructions about that item (e.g., extraordinary medical expenses) will be shown.
The same thing can happen with some of the calculated numbers. If you see a number in red or burgundy, the pointer will change to a hand when it passes over that number, and you can click on that number. You will then be shown a screen that shows where that number came from. For example, run a calculation and then go to the Disposable Income Page and click on the FICA, etc. number. You will be shown a screen that explains how the FICA, Medicare, and Self-Employment Taxes were calculated.
Click on a number in the Results box on the Front Page, and you will automatically be taken to the page where that a number was calculated. These are the same pages that the Tax Calculations, Disposable Income, Child Support, and Net Alimony buttons open.
When the page or screen pops up, you will see that number flashing.
Enter The Income on the Front Page or the Income Page?: The Alimony Calculator is designed to allow you to enter a gross monthly income figure on the Front Page or to itemize the income amounts on the Income Page. The line items on the Income Page are intended to track the income lines of IRS Form 1040. I did not include all of the income items that you see on Form 1040, such as tax refund, capital gains, and the like, since they typically are not recurring income items. If you find that you should include such items, insert them in the Other Income line on the Income Page.
The Advantages of Entering the Income on the Front Page: The advantage to simply entering the gross monthly income figure on the Front Page is that it is easier and faster.
The Disadvantages of Entering the Income on the Front Page: The disadvantages to simply entering the gross monthly income figure on the Front Page are: