To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement.
When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in Virginia.
Disclaimer: Please remember that these calculators are for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator.
For the most part, these calculators assume that all of the children at issue will primarily live with one parent. They are not intended to estimate child support for joint physical custody or split custody arrangements.
These calculators do not take into account any possible adjustments for children who are not subject to the custody order, but who are living with one of the parents. Finally, these calculators may be based on older or outdated state guidelines or calculations and may not take into consideration state or federal tax implications on income.
These and many other factors can affect a child support order entered by a court.
If a child support order was not part of your divorce or separation agreement or you need help locating your child’s father or mother to start receiving child support payments, the Virginia Department of Social Services Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) may be able to assist you in establishing a child support order.
Families that receive public assistance (e.g., TANF, Medicaid) are automatically eligible to receive services through DCSE. Other families that need assistance with child support may apply for services with DCSE by filling out and submitting the application that can be found at http://www.dss.virginia.gov/files/division/dcse/forms/032-11-0200-11-eng.pdf. After submitting your application, it can take about 3 weeks before you hear back from DCSE.
When your application is accepted, DCSE can then assist you with establishing a child support order in Virginia (this may also include medical support). The amount of support will be determined based on state guidelines that take into account the needs of the child and each parent’s ability to provide for their child’s needs. Based on this information, a monthly amount of child support will be determined.
DCSE seeks to establish child support orders administratively to avoid the expense and time of court. If either parent disagrees with the child support order that has been set, there is an appeal process that may be used.