The Vermont Legislature has declared as public policy that children of separated parents should get as much support as they would if their parents were living in the same household. [ Title 15 Section 650 ] To promote this policy, Vermont has guidelines for calculating child support. In most cases, the child support one parent pays the other is based on these guidelines. In some cases the court will order a child support payment that is different from the number in the guidelines. That is called a deviation . In other cases the court may order a maintenance supplement in addition to child support. This is different from spousal maintenance .