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.
A computer program calculates the guideline amount for you. It is hard to calculate the guideline without the computer program. You can find the computer program on the Vermont Department for Children and Families website. You can download the computer program or download a copy of the instructions, forms and tables. If you have problems with the download or running the program, contact the Office of Child Support at 1-800-786-3214.