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Guidelines for Determination of Child Support

Virginia observes the Income Shares Model when determining a child support obligation.

The Income Shares Model is based on the concept that a child or children should receive the same proportion of parental income that they would have received if the parents lived together.

Here are a few factors that are used when determining a child support amount:

  1. Combined income of both parents
  2. The number of children for which child support is being sought
  3. Custody arrangement, which determines if Sole, Shared or Split Child Support Guidelines will be calculated
  4. Childcare expenses
  5. Healthcare, dental, and vision insurance expenses
  6. Other biological or adopted children living in the household or other child support obligations
  7. Other factors can be considered when determining a child support order, as each case is unique. (Example: If a parent is self-employed or owns a business, reasonable business expenses will be considered when determining the parent's income to establish the child support obligation.)

Basic child support guidelines are determined from the Virginia Code §20-108.2 (b) Statutory Schedule. Select the link to learn more about the Income Shares Model.

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