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, you need to explain to the judge why the guidelines shouldn't be used.
There is a computer program that calculates guidelines for you. It is hard to calculate the guideline without the computer program. You can find the guidelines 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 you will need to contact the Office of Child Support at 1-800-786-3214.
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.