Vermont Child Support Factors

Either or both of the parents may be required to pay child support, based on a consideration of the following factors: (1) the financial resources of the child; (2) the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had not been dissolved; (3) the physical and emotional conditions and educational needs of the child; (4) the financial resources, needs, and obligations of both the non-custodial and the custodial parent; (5) inflation with relation to the cost of living; (6) the costs of any educational needs of either parent; (7) any travel expenses related to parent-child contact; and (8) any other relevant factors. Health insurance coverage for the child may be ordered to be provided. The court may require security or wage withholding. Every order of child support must be made subject to a wage assignment in the event of delinquency and require the payments to be made to the registry in the Office of Child Support, unless the situation falls under an exception to the rules shown in Vermont Statutes Annotated; Title 33, Section 4103. There are official child support guidelines available from the Vermont Department of Human Services which are presumed to be correct, unless they are shown to be unfair under the circumstances. There is an official child support computation worksheet available. [Vermont Statutes Annotated; Title 15, Sections 653 to 669, 757, and 781 to 783, Title 33, Section 4103, and Vermont Rules for Family Proceedings; Rule 4].

Vermont child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Vermont child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Vermont child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Vermont child support in the Vermont state statutes located at: