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ARTICLE 13. GUIDELINES FOR CHILD SUPPORT AWARDS.

PART 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.

§48-13-101. Guidelines to ensure uniformity and increase predictability; presumption of correctness.

This article establishes guidelines for child support award amounts so as to ensure greater uniformity by those persons who make child support recommendations and enter child support orders and to increase predictability for parents, children and other persons who are directly affected by child support orders. There is a rebuttable presumption, in any proceeding before a court for the award of child support, that the amount of the award which would result from the application of these guidelines is the correct amount of child support to be awarded.

§48-13-102. Right of children to share in parents' level of living.

The Legislature recognizes that children have a right to share in their natural parents' level of living. Expenditures in families are not made in accordance with subsistence level standards, but are made in proportion to household income, and as parental incomes increase or decrease, the actual dollar expenditures for children also increase or decrease correspondingly. In order to ensure that children properly share in their parents' resources, regardless of family structure, these guidelines are structured so as to provide that after a consideration of respective parental incomes, child support will be related, to the extent practicable, to the standard of living that children would enjoy if they were living in a household with both parents present.

§48-13-103. Financial contributions of both parents to be considered.

The guidelines promulgated under the provisions of this article take into consideration the financial contributions of both parents. The Legislature recognizes that expenditures in households are made in aggregate form and that total family income is pooled to determine the level at which the family can live. These guidelines consider the financial contributions of both parents in relationship to total income, so as to establish and equitably apportion the child support obligation.

PART 2. CALCULATION OF CHILD SUPPORT ORDER.

§48-13-201. Use of both parents' income in determining child support.

A child support order is determined by dividing the total child support obligation between the parents in proportion to their income. Both parents' adjusted gross income is used to determine the amount of child support.

§48-13-202. Application of expenses and credits in determining child support.

In determining the total child support obligation, the court shall:

(1) Add to the basic child support obligation any unreimbursed child health care expenses, work-related child care expenses and any other extraordinary expenses agreed to by the parents or ordered by the court; and

(2) Subtract any extraordinary credits agreed to by the parents or ordered by the court.

(3) Deduct from a parent’s adjusted gross income the reasonable monthly amount of a student loan payment actually being paid to the lending institution that originally issued the loan by a parent for a student loan debt owed in his or her own name and for his or her own educational expenses; provided that the total amount of the student loan payment deducted may not exceed 25 percent of the parent’s total gross income determined before the deduction.  The family court shall have discretion to exclude all or a portion of the student loan deduction if the parent with the student loan debt is in child support arrears, if the parent is not current or is in arrears on the student loan payment, if the student loan is being paid by a third party and not the parent, or if the child is not receiving or expected to receive a financial benefit from the education associated with the student loan expenses incurred.  If the student loan deduction is awarded:

(a) The parent shall have a duty to immediately disclose to the court, the BCSE, and any other party any changes in the monthly amount of the student loan payment, including any payment deferrals or student loan forgiveness.

(b) The court may require a parent to annually disclose to the court, the BCSE, and any other party a statement showing a history of student loan payments for the prior year.

(c) Failure to timely make the disclosures above may be a basis for the court to modify child support to exclude the student loan deduction, including retroactively to the first of the month following any unreported change.

Part III. Basic child support order.

§48-13-203. Amount determined by guidelines presumed to be correct.

The amount of support resulting from the application of the guidelines is presumed to be the correct amount, unless the court, in a written finding or a specific finding on the record, disregards the guidelines or adjusts the award as provided for in section 13-702.

§48-13-204. Use of worksheets.

 The calculation of the amount awarded by the support order requires the use of one of two worksheets which must be completed for each case. Worksheet A is used for a basic shared parenting arrangement. Worksheet B is used for an extended shared parenting arrangement.

§48-13-205. Present income as monthly amounts.

To the extent practicable, all information relating to income shall be presented to the court based on monthly amounts. For example, when a party is paid wages weekly, the pay should be multiplied by fifty-two and divided by twelve to arrive at a correct monthly amount. If the court deems appropriate, such information may be presented in such other forms as the court directs.

§48-13-301. Determining the basic child support obligation.

The basic child support obligation is determined from the following table of monthly basic child support obligations:

West Virginia

Monthly Basic Child Support Obligations

(Adjusted for West Virginia’s Income Relative to U.S. Averages)

COMBINED GROSS MONTHLY INCOME

ONE

CHILD

TWO CHILDREN

THREE CHILDREN

FOUR CHILDREN

FIVE CHILDREN

SIX CHILDREN

550

101

153

185

207

228

247

600

110

167

202

226

248

270

650

119

181

219

244

269

292

700

128

195

235

263

289

314

750

137

208

252

281

310

337

800

146

222

269

300

330

359

850

155

236

285

319

351

381

900

164

250

302

337

371

403

950

173

264

319

356

392

426

1000

182

277

335

375

412

448

1050

191

291

352

393

432

470

1100

200

304

368

411

452

491

1150

208

316

382

427

470

510

1200

216

328

397

443

488

530

1250

223

340

411

460

506

549

1300

231

352

426

476

523

569

1350

239

365

441

492

541

589

1400

247

377

455

509

563

608

1450

255

389

470

525

577

628

1500

263

401

485

541

595

647

1550

271

413

499

558

613

667

1600

279

425

514

574

631

686

1650

287

437

528

590

649

706

1700

295

449

543

607

667

725

1750

303

461

558

623

685

745

1800

311

473

572

639

703

764

1850

319

485

587

656

721

784

1900

327

498

602

672

739

803

1950

335

510

616

688

757

823

2000

342

521

630

704

774

842

2050

350

533

645

720

792

861

2100

358

545

659

736

809

880

2150

366

557

673

752

827

899

2200

373

569

687

768

844

918

2250

381

580

702

784

862

937

2300

389

592

716

799

879

956

2350

396

604

730

815

897

975

2400

404

615

744

831

914

994

2450

412

627

758

847

932

1013

2500

420

639

772

863

949

1031

2550

427

651

786

878

966

1050

2600

435

662

801

894

984

1069

2650

443

674

815

910

1001

1088

2700

450

686

829

923

1018

1107

2750

458

697

843

942

1036

1126

2800

466

709

857

958

1053

1145

2850

473

721

871

973

1071

1164

2900

481

733

886

989

1088

1183

2950

489

744

900

1005

1105

1202

3000

496

756

914

1021

1123

1221

3050

504

768

928

1037

1140

1239

3100

512

779

942

1052

1158

1258

3150

520

791

956

1068

1175

1277

3200

527

803

970

1084

1192

1296

3250

535

814

985

1100

1210

1315

3300

543

826

999

1116

1227

1334

3350

550

838

1013

1131

1245

1353

3400

558

850

1027

1147

1262

1372

3450

566

861

1041

1163

1279

1391

3500

573

873

1055

1179

1297

1410

3550

581

885

1069

1194

1314

1428

3600

588

896

1083

1210

1331

1447

3650

596

907

1097

1225

1348

1465

3700

603

919

1111

1241

1365

1484

3750

611

930

1124

1255

1381

1501

3800

619

940

1135

1268

1395

1516

3850

626

950

1146

1281

1409

1531

3900

634

960

1158

1293

1423

1546

3950

641

970

1169

1306

1437

1562

4000

649

979

1181

1319

1451

1577

4050

656

989

1192

1331

1465

1592

4100

664

999

1203

1344

1479

1607

4150

671

1009

1215

1357

1493

1622

4200

679

1019

1226

1370

1507

1638

4250

686

1029

1238

1382

1521

1653

4300

694

1039

1249

1395

1535

1668

4350

701

1049

1260

1408

1549

1683

4400

708

1060

1274

1423

1565

1701

4450

715

1071

1287

1437

1581

1719

4500

722

1083

1300

1452

1597

1736

4550

729

1094

1313

1467

1613

1754

4600

735

1104

1325

1480

1628

1769

4650

741

1113

1336

1492

1642

1785

4700

747

1123

1348

1505

1656

1800

4750

752

1132

1359

1518

1670

1815

4800

758

1142

1370

1531

1684

1830

4850

764

1152

1382

1543

1698

1845

4900

770

1161

1393

1556

1712

1861

4950

776

1171

1404

1569

1726

1876

5000

782

1181

1416

1581

1740

1891

5050

787

1189

1426

1593

1752

1905

5100

792

1197

1435

1602

1763

1916

5150

797

1204

1443

1612

1773

1927

5200

802

1211

1452

1621

1784

1939

5250

807

1218

1460

1631

1794

1950

5300

811

1225

1468

1640

1804

1961

5350

816

1232

1477

1650

1815

1973

5400

821

1239

1485

1659

1825

1984

5450

826

1246

1494

1668

1835

1995

5500

830

1254

1502

1678

1846

2006

5550

835

1261

1511

1687

1856

2018

5600

840

1268

1519

1697

1866

2029

5650

845

1275

1527

1706

1877

2040

5700

850

1282

1536

1716

1887

2051

5750

854

1289

1544

1725

1897

2063

5800

857

1293

1549

1731

1904

2069

5850

860

1298

1554

1736

1909

2076

5900

863

1302

1559

1741

1915

2082

5950

866

1306

1564

1747

1921

2088

6000

869

1310

1568

1752

1927

2095

6050

872

1315

1573

1757

1933

2101

6100

875

1319

1578

1763

1939

2107

6150

878

1323

1583

1768

1945

2114

6200

881

1327

1587

1773

1951

2120

6250

884

1331

1592

1779

1956

2127

6300

887

1336

1597

1784

1962

2133

6350

890

1340

1602

1789

1968

2139

6400

893

1344

1607

1795

1974

2146

6450

895

1348

1611

1800

1980

2152

6500

898

1352

1615

1804

1984

2157

6550

901

1355

1617

1807

1987

2160

6600

904

1358

1620

1809

1990

2164

6650

906

1361

1622

1812

1993

2167

6700

909

1364

1625

1815

1997

2170

6750

911

1367

1627

1818

2000

2174

6800

914

1370

1630

1821

2003

2177

6850

917

1373

1632

1823

2006

2180

6900

919

1376

1635

1826

2009

2183

6950

922

1379

1637

1829

2012

2187

7000

925

1382

1640

1832

2015

2190

7050

927

1385

1642

1834

2018

2193

7100

930

1388

1645

1837

2021

2197

7150

933

1391

1647

1840

2024

2200

7200

935

1395

1650

1843

2027

2204

7250

939

1401

1658

1852

2038

2215

7300

943

1407

1667

1861

2048

2226

7350

946

1413

1675

1871

2058

2237

7400

950

1419

1683

1880

2068

2248

7450

954

1426

1691

1889

2078

2259

7500

957

1432

1699

1898

2088

2270

7550

961

1438

1708

1907

2098

2281

7600

965

1444

1716

1917

2108

2292

7650

969

1450

1724

1926

2118

2303

7700

972

1457

1732

1935

2129

2314

7750

976

1463

1741

1944

2139

2325

7800

980

1469

1749

1953

2149

2336

7850

983

1475

1757

1963

2159

2347

7900

987

1482

1765

1972

2169

2358

7950

990

1485

1770

1977

2174

2364

8000

992

1488

1772

1979

2177

2366

8050

994

1491

1774

1981

2180

2369

8100

997

1493

1776

1984

2182

2372

8150

999

1496

1778

1986

2185

2375

8200

1001

1498

1780

1988

2187

2378

8250

1003

1501

1782

1991

2190

2380

8300

1006

1503

1784

1993

2192

2383

8350

1008

1506

1786

1995

2195

2386

8400

1010

1509

1788

1998

2198

2389

8450

1012

1511

1791

2000

2200

2391

8500

1014

1514

1793

2002

2203

2394

8550

1017

1516

1795

2005

2205

2397

8600

1019

1519

1797

2007

2208

2400

8650

1021

1521

1799

2009

2210

2403

8700

1024

1525

1803

2014

2215

2408

8750

1027

1529

1807

2018

2220

2413

8800

1030

1533

1811

2023

2225

2419

8850

1033

1537

1815

2027

2230

2424

8900

1036

1541

1819

2032

2235

2430

8950

1039

1545

1823

2036

2240

2435

9000

1042

1549

1827

2041

2245

2440

9050

1045

1553

1831

2045

2250

2446

9100

1048

1557

1835

2050

2255

2451

9150

1051

1561

1839

2054

2260

2456

9200

1054

1565

1843

2059

2265

2462

9250

1057

1569

1847

2063

2270

2467

9300

1060

1573

1851

2068

2275

2473

9350

1063

1577

1855

2072

2280

2478

9400

1067

1581

1860

2077

2285

2484

9450

1071

1588

1867

2085

2294

2493

9500

1076

1594

1874

2093

2302

2503

9550

1080

1600

1881

2101

2311

2512

9600

1085

1607

1888

2109

2320

2521

9650

1089

1613

1895

2116

2328

2531

9700

1094

1619

1902

2124

2337

2540

9750

1098

1626

1909

2132

2345

2549

9800

1103

1632

1916

2140

2354

2559

9850

1107

1638

1923

2148

2363

2568

9900

1112

1645

1930

2156

2371

2577

9950

1116

1651

1937

2163

2380

2587

10000

1121

1657

1944

2171

2388

2596

10050

1125

1663

1951

2179

2397

2605

10100

1130

1670

1958

2187

2405

2615

10150

1134

1676

1965

2195

2414

2624

10200

1139

1682

1972

2202

2423

2633

10250

1143

1689

1979

2210

2431

2643

10300

1148

1695

1986

2218

2440

2652

10350

1152

1701

1993

2226

2448

2661

10400

1157

1708

2000

2234

2457

2671

10450

1161

1714

2007

2241

2466

2680

10500

1166

1720

2014

2249

2474

2689

10550

1169

1726

2021

2257

2483

2699

10600

1172

1731

2028

2265

2492

2708

10650

1176

1737

2035

2273

2500

2718

10700

1179

1742

2042

2281

2509

2727

10750

1182

1748

2049

2289

2517

2737

10800

1186

1753

2056

2296

2526

2746

10850

1189

1758

2063

2304

2535

2755

10900

1192

1764

2070

2312

2543

2765

10950

1195

1769

2077

2320

2552

2774

11000

1199

1775

2084

2328

2561

2784

11050

1202

1780

2091

2336

2569

2793

11100

1205

1785

2098

2344

2578

2802

11150

1209

1791

2105

2352

2587

2812

11200

1212

1796

2112

2359

2595

2821

11250

1215

1802

2119

2367

2604

2831

11300

1219

1807

2126

2375

2613

2840

11350

1222

1813

2133

2383

2621

2849

11400

1225

1818

2140

2391

2630

2859

11450

1228

1823

2148

2399

2639

2868

11500

1232

1829

2155

2407

2647

2878

11550

1235

1834

2162

2415

2656

2887

11600

1238

1840

2169

2422

2665

2896

11650

1241

1844

2174

2429

2672

2904

11700

1244

1848

2178

2433

2676

2909

11750

1246

1851

2182

2437

2681

2914

11800

1249

1855

2186

2442

2686

2920

11850

1251

1858

2190

2446

2691

2925

11900

1254

1862

2194

2450

2696

2930

11950

1257

1866

2198

2455

2700

2935

12000

1259

1869

2202

2459

2705

2941

12050

1262

1873

2206

2464

2710

2946

12100

1264

1876

2209

2468

2715

2951

12150

1267

1880

2213

2472

2720

2956

12200

1269

1883

2217

2477

2724

2961

12250

1272

1887

2222

2482

2730

2967

12300

1275

1891

2225

2486

2734

2972

12350

1278

1895

2230

2491

2740

2978

12400

1280

1899

2234

2495

2745

2984

12450

1283

1903

2238

2500

2750

2990

12500

1286

1907

2243

2505

2756

2995

12550

1289

1911

2247

2510

2761

3001

12600

1292

1914

2251

2515

2766

3007

12650

1295

1918

2256

2520

2771

3013

12700

1297

1922

2260

2524

2777

3018

12750

1301

1927

2265

2530

2783

3025

12800

1305

1932

2270

2535

2789

3032

12850

1308

1937

2275

2541

2795

3038

12900

1312

1942

2280

2547

2801

3045

12950

1316

1946

2285

2552

2807

3052

13000

1319

1951

2290

2558

2813

3058

13050

1323

1956

2295

2563

2819

3065

13100

1326

1961

2300

2569

2826

3071

13150

1330

1966

2305

2574

2832

3078

13200

1334

1971

2310

2580

2838

3085

13250

1337

1975

2315

2585

2844

3091

13300

1341

1980

2320

2591

2850

3098

13350

1345

1985

2325

2596

2856

3015

13400

1348

1990

2329

2602

2862

3111

13450

1352

1995

2334

2608

2868

3118

13500

1355

1999

2339

2613

2874

3125

13550

1359

2004

2344

2619

2881

3131

13600

1363

2009

2349

2624

2887

3138

13650

1366

2014

2354

2630

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1900

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1920

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4364

23150

1925

2819

3273

3656

4022

4372

23200

1927

2823

3279

3662

4029

4379

23250

1930

2827

3285

3669

4036

4387

23300

1932

2831

3290

3675

4043

4394

23350

1934

2836

3296

3682

4050

4402

23400

1937

2840

3302

3688

4057

4410

23450

1939

2844

3307

3694

4064

4417

23500

1942

2848

3313

3701

4071

4425

23550

1944

2853

3319

3707

4078

4433

23600

1947

2857

3325

3714

4085

4440

23650

1949

2861

3330

3720

4092

4448

23700

1952

2865

3336

3726

4099

4456

23750

1954

2870

3342

3733

4106

4463

23800

1957

2874

3348

3739

4113

4471

23850

1959

2878

3353

3746

4120

4479

23900

1962

2882

3359

3752

4127

4486

23950

1964

2887

3365

3758

4134

4494

24000

1967

2891

3370

3765

4141

4501

24050

1969

2895

3376

3771

4148

4509

24100

1972

2899

3382

3778

4155

4517

24150

1974

2904

3388

3784

4162

4524

24200

1976

2908

3393

3790

4169

4532

24250

1979

2912

3399

3797

4176

4540

24300

1981

2916

3405

3803

4183

4547

24350

1984

2921

3410

3809

4190

4555

24400

1986

2925

3416

3816

4197

4563

24450

1989

2929

3422

3822

4204

4570

24500

1991

2933

3428

3829

4212

4578

24550

1994

2938

3433

3835

4219

4586

24600

1996

2942

3439

3841

4226

4593

24650

1999

2946

3445

3848

4233

4601

24700

2001

2950

3451

3854

4240

4608

24750

2004

2955

3456

3861

4247

4616

24800

2006

2959

3462

3867

4254

4624

24850

2009

2963

3468

3873

4261

4631

24900

2011

2967

3473

3880

4268

4639

24950

2013

2972

3479

3886

4275

4647

25000

2016

2976

3485

3893

4282

4654

25050

2018

2980

3491

3899

4289

4662

25100

2021

2984

3496

3905

4296

4670

25150

2023

2988

3502

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5008

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2163

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2166

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28000

2168

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2171

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2173

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2176

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34100

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34200

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34300

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5279

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5284

5744

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4305

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5289

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34600

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34650

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5766

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34800

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4841

5325

5788

34950

2524

3715

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4845

5330

5794

35000

2527

3719

4342

4850

5335

5799

§48-13-302. Incomes below the table for determining basic child support obligations.

If combined adjusted gross income is below $550 per month, which is the lowest amount of income considered in the table of monthly basic child support obligations set forth in subsection (a) of this section, the basic child support obligation shall be set at $50 per month or a discretionary amount determined by the court based on the resources and living expenses of the parents and the number of children due support.

§48-13-303. Incomes above the table for determining basic child support obligations.

If combined adjusted gross income is above $35,000 per month, which is the highest amount of income considered in the table of monthly basic child support obligations set forth in §48-13-301 of this code, the basic child support obligation shall not be less than it would be based on a combined adjusted gross income of $35,000. The court may also compute the basic child support obligation for combined adjusted gross incomes above $35,000 by the following:

(1) One child — $2,527 0.088 x combined adjusted gross income above $35,000 per month;

(2) Two children — $3,719 0.129 x combined adjusted gross income above $35,000 per month;

(3) Three children — $4,342 0.153 x combined adjusted gross income above $35,000 per month;

(4) Four children — $4,850 0.169 x combined adjusted gross income above $35,000 per month;

(5) Five children — $5,335 0.183 x combined adjusted gross income above $35,000 per month; and

(6) Six children — $5,799 0.196 x combined adjusted gross income above $35,000 per month.

Part IV. Support in sole custody cases.

PART 4. SUPPORT IN BASIC SHARED PARENTING CASES.

§48-13-401. Basic child support obligation in basic shared parenting.

For basic shared parenting cases, the total child support obligation consists of the basic child support obligation plus the child's share of any unreimbursed health care expenses, work-related child care expenses and any other extraordinary expenses agreed to by the parents or ordered by the court less any extraordinary credits agreed to by the parents or ordered by the court.

§48-13-402. Division of basic child support obligation in basic shared parenting.

For basic shared parenting cases, the total basic child support obligation is divided between the parents in proportion to their income. From this amount is subtracted the payor's direct expenditures of any items which were added to the basic child support obligation to arrive at the total child support obligation.

§48-13-403. Worksheet for calculating basic child support obligation in basic shared parenting cases.

Child support for basic shared parenting cases shall be calculated using the following worksheet:

Worksheet A: BASIC SHARED PARENTING

IN THE FAMILY COURT OF __________ COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

CASE NO.____________

Mother: ______________ SS No.: _____________ Primary Custodial parent? [ ] Yes [ ] No

Father: ______________ SS No.: _____________ Primary Custodial parent? [ ] Yes [ ] No

Children

SSN

Date of Birth

Children

SSN

Date of Birth

PART I. CHILD SUPPORT ORDER

Mother

Father

Combined

1. MONTHLY GROSS INCOME

  (Exclusive of overtime compensation)

$

$

a. Minus preexisting child support payment

-

-

b. Minus maintenance paid

-

-

c. Plus overtime compensation, if not excluded, and not to exceed 50%, pursuant to W. Va. Code §48-1-228(b)(6)

d. Additional dependents deduction

-

-

 2. MONTHLY ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME

$

$

$

 3. PERCENTAGE SHARE OF INCOME

 (Each parent’s income from line 2 divided by Combined Income)

%

%

 100%

 4. BASIC OBLIGATION

 (Use line 2 combined to find amount from schedule.)

$

 5. ADJUSTMENTS (Expenses paid directly by each parent)

a. Work-Related Child Care Costs Adjusted for Federal Tax Credit (0.75 x actual work-related child care costs.)

$

$

b. Extraordinary Medical Expenses (Uninsured only) and Children’s Portion of Health Insurance Premium Costs.

$

$

c. Extraordinary Expenses (Agreed to by parents or by order of the court.)

$

$

d. Minus Extraordinary Adjustments (Agreed to by parents or by order of court.)

-

-

e. Total Adjustments (For each column, add 5a, 5b, and 5c. Subtract Line 5d. Add the parent’s totals together for Combined amount.)

$

$

$

 6. TOTAL SUPPORT OBLIGATION

 (Add line 4 and line 5e Combined.)

$

 7. EACH PARENT’S SHARE OF THE TOTAL CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATION (Line 3 x line 6 for each parent.)

$

$

 8. PAYOR PARENT ADJUSTMENT

 (Enter payor parent’s line 5e.)

$

$

 9. RECOMMENDED CHILD SUPPORT ORDER

 (Subtract line 8 from line 7 for the payor parent only. Leave payee parent column blank.)

$

$

PART II. ABILITY TO PAY CALCULATION

(Complete if the payor parent’s adjusted monthly gross income is below $ $2,600.)

10. Spendable Income

 (0.80 x line 2 for payor parent only.)

11. Self Support Reserve

$997

$997

12. Income Available for Support

 (Line 10 - line 11. If less than $50, then $50)

13. Adjusted Child Support Order

 (Lessor of Line 9 and Line 12.)

Comments, calculations, or rebuttals to schedule or adjustments if payor parent directly pays extraordinary expenses.

§48-13-404. Additional calculation to be made in basic shared parenting cases.

In cases where the payor parent’s adjusted gross income is below $2,600 per month, an additional calculation in Worksheet A, Part II, § 48-13-404 of this code, shall be made. This additional calculation sets the child support order at whichever is lower.

(1) Child support at the amount determined in Worksheet A, Part I, § 48-13-404 of this code; or

(2) The difference between 80 percent of the payor parent’s adjusted gross income and $997, or $50, whichever is more.

Part V. Support in extended shared parenting or split physical custody cases.

§48-13-501. Extended shared parenting adjustment.

Child support for cases with extended shared parenting is calculated using Worksheet B, §48-13-502 of this code. The following method is used only for extended shared parenting: That is, in cases where each parent has the child for more than 127 days per year (35 percent).

(1) The basic child support obligation is multiplied by 1.6 to arrive at a shared parenting basic child support obligation. The shared parenting basic child support obligation is apportioned to each parent according to his or her income. In turn, a child support obligation is computed for each parent by multiplying that parent’s portion of the shared parenting child support obligation by the percentage of time the child spends with the other parent. The respective basic child support obligations are then offset, with the parent owing more basic child support paying the difference between the two amounts. The transfer for the basic obligation for the parent owing less basic child support shall be set at $0.

(2) Adjustments for each parent’s additional direct expenses on the child are made by apportioning the sum of the parent’s direct expenditures on the child’s share of any unreimbursed child health care expenses, work-related child care expenses, and any other extraordinary expenses agreed to by the parents or ordered by the court less any extraordinary credits agreed to by the parents or ordered by the court to each parent according to his or her income share. In turn each parent’s net share of additional direct expenses is determined by subtracting the parent’s actual direct expenses on the child’s share of any unreimbursed child health care expenses, work-related child care expenses, and any other extraordinary expenses agreed to by the parents or by the court less any extraordinary credits agreed to by the parents or ordered by the court from their share. The parent with a positive net share of additional direct expenses owes the other parent the amount of his or her net share of additional direct expenses. The parent with zero or a negative net share of additional direct expenses owes $0 for additional direct expenses.

(3) The final amount of the child support order is determined by summing what each parent owes for the basic support obligation and additional direct expenses as defined in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this section. The respective sums are then offset, with the parent owing more paying the other parent the difference between the two amounts.

§48-13-502. Extended shared parenting worksheet.

Child support for extended shared parenting cases shall be calculated using the following worksheet:

Worksheet B: extended shared parenting

IN THE FAMILY COURT OF ______________ COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

CASE NO. ____________

Mother: ___________________________ SS No.: __________

Father: ____________________________ SS No.: __________

Children

SSN

Date of Birth

Children

SSN

Date of Birth

PART I. BASIC OBLIGATION

Mother

Father

Combined

1. MONTHLY GROSS INCOME (Exclusive of overtime compensation)

$

$

 a. Minus preexisting child support payment

-

-

 b. Minus maintenance paid

-

-

 c. Plus overtime compensation, if not excluded, and not to exceed 50%, pursuant to W. Va. Code §48-1-228(b)(6)

 d. Additional dependent deduction

 2. MONTHLY ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME

$

$

$

 3. PERCENTAGE SHARE OF INCOME (Each parent’s income from line 2 divided by Combined

 Income)

%

%

100%

 4. BASIC OBLIGATION (Use line 2 Combined to find amount from Child Support Schedule.)

$

PART II. SHARED PARENTING ADJUSTMENT

 5. Shared Parenting Basic Obligation (line 4 x 1.6)

$

 6. Each Parent’s Share (Line 5 x each parent’s line 3)

$

$

 7. Overnights with Each Parent (must total 365)

365

 8. Percentage with Each Parent (Line 7 divided by 365)

%

%

100%

 9. Amount Retained (Line 6 x line 8 for each parent)

$

$

 10. Each Parent’s Obligation (Line 6 - line 9)

$

$

 11. AMOUNT TRANSFERRED FOR BASIC OBLIGATION (Subtract smaller amount on line 10 from larger amount on line 10. Parent with larger amount on line 10 owes the other parent the difference. Enter $0 for other parent.

$

$

PART III. ADJUSTMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL EXPENSES (Expenses paid directly by each parent.)

 12a. Work-Related Child Care Costs Adjusted for Federal Tax Credit (0.75 x actual work-related child care costs.)

$

$

 12b. Extraordinary Medical Expenses (Uninsured only) and Children’s Portion of Health Insurance Premium Costs.

$

$

 12c. Extraordinary Additional Expenses (Agreed to by parents or by order of the court.)

$

$

 12d. Minus Extraordinary Adjustments (Agreed to by parents or by order of the court.)

$

$

 12e. Total Adjustments (For each column, add 11a, 11b, and 11c. Subtract line 11d. Add the parent’s totals together for Combined amount.)

$

$

$

 13. Each Parent’s Share of Additional Expenses (Line 3 x line 12e Combined.)

$

$

 14. Each Parent’s Net Share of Additional Direct Expenses (Each parent’s line 13-line 12e. If negative number, enter $0)

$

$

 15. AMOUNT TRANSFERRED FOR ADDITIONAL EXPENSES (Subtract smaller amount on line 14 from larger amount on line 14. Parent with larger amount on line 14 owes the other parent the difference. Enter $0 for other parent.)

$

$

PART IV. RECOMMENDED CHILD SUPPORT ORDER

 16. TOTAL AMOUNT TRANSFERRED (Line 11 line 15)

$

$

 17. RECOMMENDED CHILD SUPPORT ORDER (Subtract smaller amount on line 16 from larger amount on line 16. Parent with larger amount on line 16 owes the other parent the difference.)

$

$

Comments, calculations, or rebuttals to schedule or adjustments

PREPARED BY:

Date:

 

§48-13-503. Split physical custody adjustment.

In cases with split physical custody, the court shall use Worksheet A as set forth in section 13-403 to calculate a separate child support order for each parent based on the number of children in that parent's custody. Instead of transferring the calculated orders between parents, the two orders are offset. The difference of the two orders is the child support order to be paid by the parent with the higher sole-parenting order.

PART 6. ADJUSTMENT OF SHARES OF SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS.

§48-13-601. Adjustment for child care tax credit.

(a) The amount of the federal tax credit for child care expenses that can be realized by the custodial parent shall be approximated by deducting twenty-five percent from work-related child care costs, except that no such deduction shall be made for custodial parents with monthly gross incomes below the following amounts:

(1) One child--$1,150;

(2) Two children--$1,550;

(3) Three children--$1,750;

(4) Four children--$1,950;

(5) Five children--$2,150; and

(6) Six or more children--$2,350.

(b) Work-related child care costs net of any adjustment for the child care tax credit shall be added to the basic child support obligation and shall be divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted gross income.

§48-13-602. Adjustment for child health care.

(a) A child support order shall provide for the child's current and future medical needs by providing relief in accordance with the provisions of article 12-101, et seq., of this chapter.

(b) The payment of a premium to provide health insurance coverage on behalf of the children subject to the order is added to the basic child support obligation and divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted gross income. The amount added to the basic child support obligation is the actual amount of the total insurance premium that is attributable to the number of children due support. If this amount is not available or cannot be verified, the total cost of the premium should be divided by the total number of persons covered by the policy. The cost per person derived from this calculation is multiplied by the number of children who are the subject of the order and who are covered under the policy.

(c) After the total child support obligation is calculated and divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted gross income, the amount of the health insurance premium added to the basic child support obligation is deducted from the support obligor's share of the total child support obligation if the support obligor is actually paying the premium.

(d) Extraordinary medical expenses shall be added to the basic child support obligation and shall be divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted gross income.

§48-13-603. Adjustment for obligor's social security benefits sent directly to the child; receipt by child of supplemental security income.

(a) If a proportion of the obligor's social security benefit is paid directly to the custodian of his or her dependents who are the subject of the child support order, the following adjustment shall be made. The total amount of the social security benefit which includes the amounts paid to the obligor and the obligee shall be counted as gross income to the obligor. In turn, the child support order will be calculated as described in sections 13-401 through 13-404. To arrive at the final child support amount, however, the amount of the social security benefits sent directly to the child's household will be subtracted from the child support order. If the child support order amount results in a negative amount it shall be set at zero.

(b) If a child is a recipient of disability payments as supplemental security income for aged, blind and disabled, under the provisions of 42 U.S.C. §1382, et seq., and if support furnished by an obligor would be considered unearned income that renders the child ineligible for disability payments or medical benefits, no child support order shall be entered for that child. If a support order is entered for the child's siblings or other persons in the household, the child shall be excluded from the calculation of support, and the amount of support for the child shall be set at zero.

PART 7. APPLICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES.

§48-13-701. Rebuttable presumption that child support award is correct.

The guidelines in child support awards apply as a rebuttable presumption to all child support orders established or modified in West Virginia. The guidelines must be applied to all actions in which child support is being determined including temporary orders, interstate (URESA and UIFSA), domestic violence, foster care, divorce, nondissolution, public assistance, nonpublic assistance and support decrees arising despite nonmarriage of the parties. The guidelines must be used by the court as the basis for reviewing adequacy of child support levels in uncontested cases as well as contested hearings.

§48-13-702. Disregard of formula.

(a) If the court finds that the guidelines are inappropriate in a specific case, the court may either disregard the guidelines or adjust the guidelines-based award to accommodate the needs of the child or children or the circumstances of the parent or parents. In either case, the reason for the deviation and the amount of the calculated guidelines award must be stated on the record (preferably in writing on the worksheet or in the order). Such findings clarify the basis of the order if appealed or modified in the future.

(b) These guidelines do not take into account the economic impact of the following factors that may be possible reasons for deviation:

(1) Special needs of the child or support obligor, including, but not limited to, the special needs of a minor or adult child who is physically or mentally disabled;

(2) Educational expenses for the child or the parent (i.e. those incurred for private, parochial, or trade schools, other secondary schools, or post-secondary education where there is tuition or costs beyond state and local tax contributions);

(3) Families with more than six children;

(4) Long distance visitation costs;

(5) The child resides with third party;

(6) The needs of another child or children to whom the obligor owes a duty of support;

(7) The extent to which the obligor's income depends on nonrecurring or nonguaranteed income; or

(8) Whether the total of spousal support, child support and child care costs subtracted from an obligor's income reduces that income to less than the federal poverty level and conversely, whether deviation from child support guidelines would reduce the income of the child's household to less than the federal poverty level.

§48-13-703. Restructuring of payments upon release of inmate.

Upon his or her release from the custody of the Division of Corrections or the United States Bureau of Prisons, a person who is gainfully employed and is subject to a child support obligation or obligations and from whose weekly disposable earnings an amount in excess of forty percent is being withheld for the child support obligation or obligations may, within eighteen months of his or her release, petition the court having jurisdiction over the case or cases to restructure the payments to an amount that allows the person to pay his or her necessary living expenses. In order to achieve consistency and fairness, one judge may assume jurisdiction over all the cases the person may have within that circuit of the court. In apportioning the available funds, the court shall give priority to the person's current child support obligations: Provided, That a minimum of $50 per month shall be paid in each case.

PART VIII. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT ORDERS.

§48-13-801. Tax exemption for child due support.

Unless otherwise agreed to by the parties, the court shall allocate the right to claim dependent children for income tax purposes to the payee parent except in cases of extended shared parenting. In extended shared parenting cases, these rights shall be allocated between the parties in proportion to their adjusted gross incomes for child support calculations. In a situation where allocation would be of no tax benefit to a party, the court need make no allocation to that party. However, the tax exemptions for the minor child or children should be granted to the payor parent only if the total of the payee parent's income and child support is greater when the exemption is awarded to the payor parent.

§48-13-802. Investment of child support.

(a) The court has the discretion, in appropriate cases, to direct that a portion of child support be placed in trust and invested for future educational or other needs of the child. The court may order such investment when all of the child's day-to-day needs are being met such that, with due consideration of the age of the child, the child is living as well as his or her parents.

(b) If the amount of child support ordered per child exceeds the sum of $2,000 per month, the court is required to make a finding, in writing, as to whether investments shall be made as provided for in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) A trustee named by the court shall use the judgment and care under the circumstances then prevailing that persons of prudence, discretion and intelligence exercise in the management of their own affairs, not in regard to speculation but in regard to the permanent disposition of their funds, considering the probable income as well as the probable safety of their capital. A trustee shall be governed by the provisions of the uniform prudent investor act as set forth in article six-c, chapter forty-four of this code. The court may prescribe the powers of the trustee and provide for the management and control of the trust. Upon petition of a party or the child's guardian or next friend and upon a showing of good cause, the court may order the release of funds in the trust from time to time.

§48-13-803. Reimbursement or arrearage only support.

When the payor is not paying any current support obligation but is required to pay for arrearages or reimbursement support, the court shall set a payment amount for the repayment of reimbursement support or of a support arrearage that is reasonable pursuant to the provisions of this article or section 6-301, but not to exceed the limits set out in section 14-408.

§48-13-804. Default orders.

(a) In any proceeding in which support is to be established, if a party has been served with proper pleadings and notified of the date, time and place of a hearing before a family court judge and does not enter an appearance or file a response, the family court judge shall prepare a default order for entry establishing the defaulting party's child support obligation consistent with the child support guidelines contained in this article.

(1) When applying the child support guidelines, the court may accept financial information from the other party as accurate, pursuant to rule 13(b) of the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Court; or

(2) If financial information is not available, the court may attribute income to the party based upon either:

(i) The party's work history;

(ii) Minimum wage, if appropriate; or

(iii) At a minimum, enter a child support order in a nominal amount unless, in the court's discretion, a zero support order should be entered.

(b) All orders shall provide for automatic withholding from income of the obligor pursuant to part 4, article fourteen of this chapter.

§48-13-901.

Repealed.

Acts, 2002 Reg. Sess., Ch. 18.

§48-13-902.

Repealed.

Acts, 2002 Reg. Sess., Ch. 18.