The State of Vermont uses a complicated formula to calculate child support. The formula produces a child support guideline. The court assumes that the amount calculated under the guidelines is the right amount. If you want a larger or smaller amount, read “Support Guidelines Don’t Work for Me,” below.
Child support is calculated based on the income of both parents, child care costs and the amount of time the child spends with each parent. If you have other children with a different mother or father, that will also be considered. The guideline does not consider a person’s living expenses.
The Office of Child Support has an online child support calculator on the Vermont Department for Children and Families website. Use it to figure out your child support payments. If you have problems with the calculator, contact the Office of Child Support at 1-800-786-3214.