A few years ago I wrote a blog post about how to calculate child support in Virginia (see the post here).
Basically, Virginia has decided that a child should be able to share in the standard of living of the parents and the parents’ gross monthly income is used as a means of determining that standard of living.
Virginia also recognizes that some things are going to cost the same whether they are used by one child or 3 children, so the child support obligation is a ‘unitary’ obligation for the total number of children and not a set amount for each child. For example, a family income of $5,000 per month yields a total child support obligation of $666 for one child, $1036 for two children (an increase of $370 for the second child), $1295 for three children (an increase of $259 for the third child), etc. Whether you like this idea or not tends to depend on whether you are paying or receiving the child support payment, and whether you are just starting your child support obligation or your child is reaching the age at which a child support payment is no longer required.
The mechanics are still the same as when I wrote the previous post and the support numbers are still available in the Code of Virginia at section 20-108.2. And there are still a number of specific details that might cause your individual case to be calculated just a little bit differently.
What has changed is that there used to be a lot of places online where you could find a child support calculator. Notably, the Department of Social Services used to have an online calculator and consumers could go there to get an estimate of what they might receive, or what they might be ordered to pay. There is still a menu item on the DSS website pointing you to a page to calculate Child Support. However, that page now tells you that they no longer provide the calculator and you should search on the internet for a place to purchase software to do the calculation for you.
I’m an attorney, and I calculate child support every week, so it might make sense for me to purchase the software. However, you might only want to calculate child support once a year at most and it doesn’t really make sense for you to purchase anything. So I wanted to see if I could find a place on the internet to send my clients who were wanting to figure out what might happen to their child support if they got a raise (or a reduction) in pay.
My new favorite place to find Virginia online child support calculations is by going to SupportSolver.com.
A parent who doesn’t deal with child support all the time may not know what goes into each specific line, but they can always just enter the basic income information and get a good starting estimate of the support amount. Reading the line items on the form can also be a good tool for forming questions to ask your attorney when you meet to discuss child support.
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