I've seen several on-line child support calculators, but when I ran the numbers that the judge in JDR ran, they differed from what I came up with plugging in the same figures. I did not find one that consider that I have another dependent child, which was one of the questions the judge asked. Does anyone have a good link, that they know would match what they will use in Circuit Court?
The Division of Child SUpport Enforcement USE to have a guideline calculator on their website, but they have discontinued that service and disabled the link. Instead, they now refer the public to contact private vendors who sell the child support worksheet software (VADAR is the one that attorneys and judges usually use). That software runs about $500 (for attorneys -- I have no idea if it is even for sale to the public).
If you read through all of the factors and adjustments and nuiances in calculation of support that are set forth in Section 20-108.1 and 20-108.2 of the Code of Virginia, you will see just how complicated the child support calcuation can be. The answer that the software will give you is only as good as the data that you plug in to it.
For a proper calculation you have to know exactly how many days the child is woth each parent during the year (based on a 24 hour period) to know which support guideline to you (sole or shared). You have to know what the allowed child expenses are for work-related day care for each parent (ONLY for the child that is the subject of the child support case, not other children, which may mean pro-rating daycare expenses if there are mulitple children), the cost of medical insurance for the child (which may also have to be properly pro-rated if it is a "family" plan), and what other child expenses may be allowed (such as extraordinary medical, counseling, special education). You have to know what the gross income is for each party (which may include issues like regularly occuring gifts, interest income, investment income, spousal support, and imputed income for voluntary unemployment or underemployment and may include some complicated issues of exclusion from income if one party is self-employed or receives certain types of public assistance or disability benefits).
From whatever the correct amount of gross (pre-tax) income turns out to be, you then deduct from that party's income an amount for support of other children. In the typical case, the correct amount is whatever the guidelines have listed as the correct amount of support under the table in 20-108.2 for that number of other children at that one parent's gross income level (for example, if your total average gross monthly income alone is $2000 and you have 2 other children that you support that are not part of this child support case, then you would look at what the guideline amount is on the chart for total income of $2000 for 2 children, without any adjustments for childcare or anything else. Say that number was $432. Then you would subtract $432 from your gross income and this new figure would be your adjusted gross income for purposes of this support calculation.
Unfortunately, nobody can send you or lend you this software without violating their restricted use under the software licensing agreements. So, my best suggestion to you is to get all of your figures together from the discovery, etc. and then make an appointment with an attorney in your area for the purpose of running some guidelines for you and advising you appropriately concerning these issues. An hour or two of attorney time to consult on the child support calculations will likely run you the same or less than trying to purchase the child support guideline software from a vendor (who may or may not have a reliable or accurate product) and then hoping that you have used it correctly.
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