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How to Calculate Child Support

The following steps will help you calculate the amount of child support each party pays.

  1. Decide how many children require support.
  2. Decide if the calculation will be based on a shared custody or a sole custody basis.
  3. Determine the gross income of each party and give either party a credit for any money paid pursuant to another child support order or for any other children that live with the party.
  4. Look at the schedule of monthly child support obligations in Section 20-108.2 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended.
  5. Determine the amount of child day care, if any, and the cost to insure the child.

After acquiring all information, calculate support pursuant to the sole or shared custody formula.

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