VA Spousal Support Calculators Now Mobile!
The VASupportCalc.com project finished its next project. We received approval from both the Google and Apple app stores for an app to calculate pendente lite spousal support using the formula spelled out in Virginia Code Section 16.1-278.17:1. “Pendente Lite” means “pending the litigation.” It is intended to provide an amount of support until a court has the opportunity to have a full trial on whether spousal support will be awarded at all (Section 20-107.1.B) and, if so, the amount of spousal support (applying the factors spelled out in Section 20-107.1.E). It is NOT intended to calculate the amount of spousal support that might be paid on an ongoing basis after a final divorce.
The web version (found here), has seen a fair amount of users, but it still requires internet access (as does the entire VaSupportCalc website). But now you can do the calculations offline on your Android or Apple device. Here are the the links:
If you buy it and it works for you, PLEASE give it a 5-star rating so that it will show up when other people are looking for the only Virginia mobile application for Spousal Support.
If you have ANY problems with it, PLEASE postpone your rating with Apple and Google. Instead, contact us directly and we will respond to you as quickly as we can. And if we can update the application to correct or improve something for everyone, we’ll do it!
More On How It Works
Just as with the child support mobile apps, for just about any field where you have information to enter or choices to make, you can get help. On Apple devices, tap the question mark in a circle Field Help for Apple Devices. For Androids, press and hold on the name of the field and some help will pop up. That’s probably the fastest way to learn how to use everything!
Also the same as with child support mobile apps, if you want to start over at any time, press the “Clear” menu option.
The inputs to the calculation are relatively simple. Minor children or not, and then up to three dollar amounts for each spouse. (Our experience is the majority of spouses will need only the gross income entered.
Less Calculation Required
We’ve added an improvement over the child support calculators. You can enter any of the dollar amounts based on the information you have. If you have the information on a monthly basis, enter it that way. If you have it on a quarterly basis, that’ll work too. As you enter each amount, you’ll a way to specify whether the number you’re entering is a “Monthly” amount, “Annual” amount, “Weekly”, “Quarterly”, “Semi-monthly” (24 times a year), “Bi-weekly” (26 times a year), or even “Semi-annaully”. If we get positive feedback about this input method, we may very well go back and provide the same flexibility for the child support calculators. Stay tuned!
All amounts are entered in whole dollar amounts. If a field is red, the amount will automatically be considered negative and the program won’t let you add the “-” sign.
Once you see the calculated amount of support at the top of the screen, if you want to see the information laid out with more detail, click on the “Details” button at the bottom of the screen. You can use that screen to copy the numbers if you want. You can also email it to yourself (or to anyone else).
Important note about updates: as a purchaser of this application, you are entitled to free updates as they are necessary to make sure the application is running correctly. However, if the formula changes or significant additional features are added, you may be asked to purchase the next version of the program. Be sure your version is up-to-date! The name of the program with “2014” is to let you know which Virginia General Assembly the program was developed after. For example, there were no changes to the calculation from the 2015 General Assembly so we don’t expect to have a “2015” version.
Don’t Forget Legal Advice!
This program was designed and tested by people who have been thoroughly trained in when and how to calculate spousal support using the formula. Please be sure you also are trained or check out the results with an attorney, mediator, or court official. Most importantly: This app is NOT a substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney who can provide legal advice as it relates to your specific situation.