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§ 20-108.2. Guideline for determination of child support; quadrennial review by Child Support Guidelines Review Panel; executive summary.

A. There shall be a rebuttable presumption in any judicial or administrative proceeding for child support under this title or Title 16.1 or 63.2, including cases involving split custody or shared custody, that the amount of the award which would result from the application of the guidelines set forth in this section is the correct amount of child support to be awarded. In order to rebut the presumption, the court shall make written findings in the order as set out in § 20-108.1, which findings may be incorporated by reference, that the application of the guidelines would be unjust or inappropriate in a particular case as determined by relevant evidence pertaining to the factors set out in § 20-108.1. The Department of Social Services shall set child support at the amount resulting from computations using the guidelines set out in this section pursuant to the authority granted to it in Chapter 19 (§ 63.2-1900 et seq.) of Title 63.2 and subject to the provisions of § 63.2-1918.

B. For purposes of application of the guideline, a basic child support obligation shall be computed using the schedule set out below. For combined monthly gross income amounts falling between amounts shown in the schedule, basic child support obligation amounts shall be extrapolated. However, unless one of the following exemptions applies where the sole custody child support obligation as computed pursuant to subdivision G 1 is less than $65 per month, there shall be a presumptive minimum child support obligation of $65 per month payable by the payor parent. Exemptions from this presumptive minimum monthly child support obligation shall include: parents unable to pay child support because they lack sufficient assets from which to pay child support and who, in addition, are institutionalized in a psychiatric facility; are imprisoned for life with no chance of parole; are medically verified to be totally and permanently disabled with no evidence of potential for paying child support, including recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI); or are otherwise involuntarily unable to produce income. "Number of children" means the number of children for whom the parents share joint legal responsibility and for whom support is being sought.

SCHEDULE OF MONTHLY BASIC CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS


 COMBINED
  MONTHLY
   GROSS      ONE        TWO       THREE      FOUR       FIVE        SIX
  INCOME     CHILD    CHILDREN   CHILDREN   CHILDREN   CHILDREN   CHILDREN
   0-599       65         65         65         65         65         65
     600      110        111        113        114        115        116
     650      138        140        142        143        145        146
     700      153        169        170        172        174        176
     750      160        197        199        202        204        206
     800      168        226        228        231        233        236
     850      175        254        257        260        263        266
     900      182        281        286        289        292        295
     950      189        292        315        318        322        325
    1000      196        304        344        348        351        355
    1050      203        315        373        377        381        385
    1100      210        326        402        406        410        415
    1150      217        337        422        435        440        445
    1200      225        348        436        465        470        475
    1250      232        360        451        497        502        507
    1300      241        373        467        526        536        542
    1350      249        386        483        545        570        576
    1400      257        398        499        563        605        611
    1450      265        411        515        581        633        645
    1500      274        426        533        602        656        680
  
    1550      282        436        547        617        672        714
    1600      289        447        560        632        689        737
    1650      295        458        573        647        705        754
    1700      302        468        587        662        721        772
    1750      309        479        600        676        738        789
    1800      315        488        612        690        752        805
    1850      321        497        623        702        766        819
    1900      326        506        634        714        779        834
    1950      332        514        645        727        793        848
    2000      338        523        655        739        806        862
    2050      343        532        666        751        819        877
    2100      349        540        677        763        833        891
    2150      355        549        688        776        846        905
    2200      360        558        699        788        860        920
    2250      366        567        710        800        873        934
    2300      371        575        721        812        886        948
    2350      377        584        732        825        900        963
    2400      383        593        743        837        913        977
    2450      388        601        754        849        927        991
    2500      394        610        765        862        940       1006
  
    2550      399        619        776        874        954       1020
    2600      405        627        787        886        967       1034
    2650      410        635        797        897        979       1048
    2700      415        643        806        908        991       1060
    2750      420        651        816        919       1003       1073
    2800      425        658        826        930       1015       1085
    2850      430        667        836        941       1027       1098
    2900      435        675        846        953       1039       1112
    2950      440        683        856        964       1052       1125
    3000      445        691        866        975       1064       1138
    3050      450        699        876        987       1076       1152
    3100      456        707        886        998       1089       1165
    3150      461        715        896       1010       1101       1178
    3200      466        723        906       1021       1114       1191
    3250      471        732        917       1032       1126       1205
    3300      476        740        927       1044       1139       1218
    3350      481        748        937       1055       1151       1231
    3400      486        756        947       1067       1164       1245
    3450      492        764        957       1078       1176       1258
    3500      497        772        967       1089       1189       1271
  
    3550      502        780        977       1101       1201       1285
    3600      507        788        987       1112       1213       1298
    3650      512        797        997       1124       1226       1311
    3700      518        806       1009       1137       1240       1326
    3750      524        815       1020       1150       1254       1342
    3800      530        824       1032       1163       1268       1357
    3850      536        834       1043       1176       1283       1372
    3900      542        843       1055       1189       1297       1387
    3950      547        852       1066       1202       1311       1402
    4000      553        861       1078       1214       1325       1417
    4050      559        871       1089       1227       1339       1432
    4100      565        880       1101       1240       1353       1448
    4150      571        889       1112       1253       1367       1463
    4200      577        898       1124       1266       1382       1478
    4250      583        907       1135       1279       1396       1493
    4300      589        917       1147       1292       1410       1508
    4350      594        926       1158       1305       1424       1523
    4400      600        935       1170       1318       1438       1538
    4450      606        944       1181       1331       1452       1553
    4500      612        954       1193       1344       1467       1569
  
    4550      618        963       1204       1357       1481       1584
    4600      624        972       1216       1370       1495       1599
    4650      630        981       1227       1383       1509       1614
    4700      635        989       1237       1395       1522       1627
    4750      641        997       1247       1406       1534       1641
    4800      646       1005       1257       1417       1546       1654
    4850      651       1013       1267       1428       1558       1667
    4900      656       1021       1277       1439       1570       1679
    4950      661       1028       1286       1450       1582       1692
    5000      666       1036       1295       1460       1593       1704
    5050      671       1043       1305       1471       1605       1716
    5100      675       1051       1314       1481       1616       1728
    5150      680       1058       1323       1492       1628       1741
    5200      685       1066       1333       1502       1640       1753
    5250      690       1073       1342       1513       1651       1765
    5300      695       1081       1351       1524       1663       1778
    5350      700       1088       1361       1534       1674       1790
    5400      705       1096       1370       1545       1686       1802
    5450      710       1103       1379       1555       1697       1815
    5500      714       1111       1389       1566       1709       1827
  
    5550      719       1118       1398       1576       1720       1839
    5600      724       1126       1407       1587       1732       1851
    5650      729       1133       1417       1598       1743       1864
    5700      734       1141       1426       1608       1755       1876
    5750      739       1148       1435       1619       1766       1888
    5800      744       1156       1445       1629       1778       1901
    5850      749       1163       1454       1640       1790       1913
    5900      753       1171       1463       1650       1801       1925
    5950      758       1178       1473       1661       1813       1937
    6000      763       1186       1482       1672       1824       1950
    6050      768       1193       1491       1682       1836       1962
    6100      773       1201       1501       1693       1847       1974
    6150      778       1208       1510       1703       1859       1987
    6200      783       1216       1519       1714       1870       1999
    6250      788       1223       1529       1724       1882       2011
    6300      792       1231       1538       1735       1893       2023
    6350      797       1238       1547       1745       1905       2036
    6400      802       1246       1557       1756       1916       2048
    6450      807       1253       1566       1767       1928       2060
    6500      812       1261       1575       1777       1940       2073
  
    6550      816       1267       1583       1786       1949       2083
    6600      820       1272       1590       1794       1957       2092
    6650      823       1277       1597       1801       1965       2100
    6700      827       1283       1604       1809       1974       2109
    6750      830       1288       1610       1817       1982       2118
    6800      834       1293       1617       1824       1990       2127
    6850      837       1299       1624       1832       1999       2136
    6900      841       1304       1631       1839       2007       2145
    6950      845       1309       1637       1847       2016       2154
    7000      848       1315       1644       1855       2024       2163
    7050      852       1320       1651       1862       2032       2172
    7100      855       1325       1658       1870       2041       2181
    7150      859       1331       1665       1878       2049       2190
    7200      862       1336       1671       1885       2057       2199
    7250      866       1341       1678       1893       2066       2207
    7300      870       1347       1685       1900       2074       2216
    7350      873       1352       1692       1908       2082       2225
    7400      877       1358       1698       1916       2091       2234
    7450      880       1363       1705       1923       2099       2243
    7500      884       1368       1712       1931       2108       2252
  
    7550      887       1374       1719       1938       2116       2261
    7600      891       1379       1725       1946       2124       2270
    7650      895       1384       1732       1954       2133       2279
    7700      898       1390       1739       1961       2141       2288
    7750      902       1395       1746       1969       2149       2297
    7800      905       1400       1753       1977       2158       2305
    7850      908       1405       1758       1983       2164       2313
    7900      910       1409       1764       1989       2171       2320
    7950      913       1414       1770       1995       2178       2328
    8000      916       1418       1776       2001       2185       2335
    8050      918       1423       1781       2007       2192       2343
    8100      921       1428       1787       2014       2198       2350
    8150      924       1432       1793       2020       2205       2357
    8200      927       1437       1799       2026       2212       2365
    8250      929       1441       1804       2032       2219       2372
    8300      932       1446       1810       2038       2226       2380
    8350      935       1450       1816       2045       2232       2387
    8400      937       1455       1822       2051       2239       2395
    8450      940       1459       1827       2057       2246       2402
    8500      943       1464       1833       2063       2253       2410
  
    8550      945       1468       1839       2069       2260       2417
    8600      948       1473       1845       2076       2266       2425
    8650      951       1478       1850       2082       2273       2432
    8700      954       1482       1856       2088       2280       2440
    8750      956       1487       1862       2094       2287       2447
    8800      959       1491       1868       2100       2294       2455
    8850      962       1496       1873       2107       2300       2462
    8900      964       1500       1879       2113       2307       2470
    8950      967       1505       1885       2119       2314       2477
    9000      970       1509       1891       2125       2321       2484
    9050      973       1514       1896       2131       2328       2492
    9100      975       1517       1901       2137       2334       2498
    9150      977       1521       1905       2141       2339       2503
    9200      979       1524       1909       2146       2344       2509
    9250      982       1527       1914       2151       2349       2514
    9300      984       1531       1918       2156       2354       2520
    9350      986       1534       1922       2160       2359       2525
    9400      988       1537       1926       2165       2365       2531
    9450      990       1541       1930       2170       2370       2536
    9500      993       1544       1935       2175       2375       2541
  
    9550      995       1547       1939       2179       2380       2547
    9600      997       1551       1943       2184       2385       2552
    9650      999       1554       1947       2189       2390       2558
    9700     1001       1557       1951       2194       2396       2563
    9750     1003       1561       1956       2198       2401       2569
    9800     1006       1564       1960       2203       2406       2574
    9850     1008       1567       1964       2208       2411       2580
    9900     1010       1571       1968       2213       2416       2585
    9950     1012       1574       1972       2218       2421       2590
   10000     1014       1577       1977       2222       2427       2596

For gross monthly income between $10,000 and $20,000, add the amount of child support for $10,000 to the following percentages of gross income above $10,000:


  ONE      TWO        THREE       FOUR        FIVE         SIX
 CHILD   CHILDREN   CHILDREN    CHILDREN    CHILDREN    CHILDREN
 3.1%      5.1%       6.8%        7.8%        8.8%        9.5%

For gross monthly income between $20,000 and $50,000, add the amount of child support for $20,000 to the following percentages of gross income above $20,000:


  ONE      TWO        THREE       FOUR        FIVE         SIX
 CHILD   CHILDREN   CHILDREN    CHILDREN    CHILDREN    CHILDREN
  2%       3.5%        5%          6%         6.9%        7.8%

For gross monthly income over $50,000, add the amount of child support for $50,000 to the following percentages of gross income above $50,000:


  ONE      TWO        THREE       FOUR        FIVE         SIX
 CHILD   CHILDREN   CHILDREN    CHILDREN    CHILDREN    CHILDREN
  1%        2%         3%          4%          5%          6%

C. For purposes of this section, "gross income" means all income from all sources, and shall include, but not be limited to, income from salaries, wages, commissions, royalties, bonuses, dividends, severance pay, pensions, interest, trust income, annuities, capital gains, social security benefits except as listed below, workers' compensation benefits, unemployment insurance benefits, disability insurance benefits, veterans' benefits, spousal support, rental income, gifts, prizes or awards.

If a parent's gross income includes disability insurance benefits, it shall also include any amounts paid to or for the child who is the subject of the order and derived by the child from the parent's entitlement to disability insurance benefits. To the extent that such derivative benefits are included in a parent's gross income, that parent shall be entitled to a credit against his or her ongoing basic child support obligation for any such amounts, and, if the amount of the credit exceeds the parent's basic child support obligations, the credit may be used to reduce arrearages.

Gross income shall be subject to deduction of reasonable business expenses for persons with income from self-employment, a partnership, or a closely held business. "Gross income" shall not include:

1. Benefits from public assistance and social services programs as defined in § 63.2-100;

2. Federal supplemental security income benefits;

3. Child support received; or

4. Income received by the payor from secondary employment income not previously included in "gross income," where the payor obtained the income to discharge a child support arrearage established by a court or administrative order and the payor is paying the arrearage pursuant to the order. "Secondary employment income" includes but is not limited to income from an additional job, from self-employment, or from overtime employment. The cessation of such secondary income upon the payment of the arrearage shall not be the basis for a material change in circumstances upon which a modification of child support may be based.

For purposes of this subsection: (i) spousal support received shall be included in gross income and spousal support paid shall be deducted from gross income when paid pursuant to an order or written agreement and (ii) one-half of any self-employment tax paid shall be deducted from gross income.

Where there is an existing court or administrative order or written agreement relating to the child or children of a party to the proceeding, who are not the child or children who are the subject of the present proceeding, then there is a presumption that there shall be deducted from the gross income of the party subject to such order or written agreement, the amount that the party is actually paying for the support of a child or children pursuant to such order or agreement.

Where a party to the proceeding has a natural or adopted child or children in the party's household or primary physical custody, and the child or children are not the subject of the present proceeding, there is a presumption that there shall be deducted from the gross income of that party the amount as shown on the Schedule of Monthly Basic Child Support Obligations contained in subsection B that represents that party's support obligation based solely on that party's income as being the total income available for the natural or adopted child or children in the party's household or primary physical custody, who are not the subject of the present proceeding. Provided, however, that the existence of a party's financial responsibility for such a child or children shall not of itself constitute a material change in circumstances for modifying a previous order of child support in any modification proceeding. Any adjustment to gross income under this subsection shall not create or reduce a support obligation to an amount which seriously impairs the custodial parent's ability to maintain minimal adequate housing and provide other basic necessities for the child, as determined by the court.

In cases in which retroactive liability for support is being determined, the court or administrative agency may use the gross monthly income of the parties averaged over the period of retroactivity.

D. Except for good cause shown or the agreement of the parties, in addition to any other child support obligations established pursuant to this section, any child support order shall provide that the parents pay in proportion to their gross incomes, as used for calculating the monthly support obligation, any reasonable and necessary unreimbursed medical or dental expenses that are in excess of $250 for any calendar year for each child who is the subject of the obligation. The method of payment of those expenses shall be contained in the support order. Each parent shall pay his respective share of expenses as those expenses are incurred. Any amount paid under this subsection shall not be adjusted by, nor added to, the child support calculated in accordance with subsection G. For the purposes of this section, medical or dental expenses shall include but not be limited to eyeglasses, prescription medication, prosthetics, orthodontics, and mental health or developmental disabilities services, including but not limited to services provided by a social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, or therapist.

E. Any costs for health care coverage as defined in § 63.2-1900 and dental care coverage, when actually being paid by a parent or that parent's spouse, to the extent such costs are directly allocable to the child or children, and which are the extra costs of covering the child or children beyond whatever coverage the parent or that parent's spouse providing the coverage would otherwise have, shall be added to the basic child support obligation.

F. Any child-care costs incurred on behalf of the child or children due to employment of the custodial parent shall be added to the basic child support obligation. Child-care costs shall not exceed the amount required to provide quality care from a licensed source. When requested by the noncustodial parent, the court may require the custodial parent to present documentation to verify the costs incurred for child care under this subsection. Where appropriate, the court shall consider the willingness and availability of the noncustodial parent to provide child care personally in determining whether child-care costs are necessary or excessive. Upon the request of either party, and upon a showing of the tax savings a party derives from child-care cost deductions or credits, the court shall factor actual tax consequences into its calculation of the child-care costs to be added to the basic child support obligation.

G. 1. Sole custody support. The sole custody total monthly child support obligation shall be established by adding (i) the monthly basic child support obligation, as determined from the schedule contained in subsection B, (ii) costs for health care coverage to the extent allowable by subsection E, and (iii) work-related child-care costs and taking into consideration all the factors set forth in subsection B of § 20-108.1. The total monthly child support obligation shall be divided between the parents in the same proportion as their monthly gross incomes bear to their monthly combined gross income. The monthly obligation of each parent shall be computed by multiplying each parent's percentage of the parents' monthly combined gross income by the total monthly child support obligation.

However, the monthly obligation of the noncustodial parent shall be reduced by the cost for health care coverage to the extent allowable by subsection E when paid directly by the noncustodial parent or that parent's spouse. Unreimbursed medical and dental expenses shall be calculated and allocated in accordance with subsection D.

2. Split custody support. In cases involving split custody, the amount of child support to be paid shall be the difference between the amounts owed by each parent as a noncustodial parent, computed in accordance with subdivision 1, with the noncustodial parent owing the larger amount paying the difference to the other parent. Unreimbursed medical and dental expenses shall be calculated and allocated in accordance with subsection D.

For the purpose of this section and § 20-108.1, split custody shall be limited to those situations where each parent has physical custody of a child or children born of the parents, born of either parent and adopted by the other parent or adopted by both parents. For the purposes of calculating a child support obligation where split custody exists, a separate family unit exists for each parent, and child support for that family unit shall be calculated upon the number of children in that family unit who are born of the parents, born of either parent and adopted by the other parent or adopted by both parents. Where split custody exists, a parent is a custodial parent to the children in that parent's family unit and is a noncustodial parent to the children in the other parent's family unit.

3. Shared custody support.

(a) Where a party has custody or visitation of a child or children for more than 90 days of the year, as such days are defined in subdivision G 3 (c), a shared custody child support amount based on the ratio in which the parents share the custody and visitation of any child or children shall be calculated in accordance with this subdivision. The presumptive support to be paid shall be the shared custody support amount, unless a party affirmatively shows that the sole custody support amount calculated as provided in subdivision G 1 is less than the shared custody support amount. If so, the lesser amount shall be the support to be paid. For the purposes of this subsection, the following shall apply:

(i) Income share. "Income share" means a parent's percentage of the combined monthly gross income of both parents. The income share of a parent is that parent's gross income divided by the combined gross incomes of the parties.

(ii) Custody share. "Custody share" means the number of days that a parent has physical custody, whether by sole custody, joint legal or joint residential custody, or visitation, of a shared child per year divided by the number of days in the year. The actual or anticipated "custody share" of the parent who has or will have fewer days of physical custody shall be calculated for a one-year period. The "custody share" of the other parent shall be presumed to be the number of days in the year less the number of days calculated as the first parent's "custody share." For purposes of this calculation, the year may begin on such date as is determined in the discretion of the court, and the day may begin at such time as is determined in the discretion of the court. For purposes of this calculation, a day shall be as defined in subdivision G 3 (c).

(iii) Shared support need. "Shared support need" means the presumptive guideline amount of needed support for the shared child or children calculated pursuant to subsection B of this section, for the combined gross income of the parties and the number of shared children, multiplied by 1.4.

(iv) Sole custody support. "Sole custody support" means the support amount determined in accordance with subdivision G 1.

(b) Support to be paid. The shared support need of the shared child or children shall be calculated pursuant to subdivision G 3 (a) (iii). This amount shall then be multiplied by the other parent's custody share. To that sum for each parent shall be added the other parent's or that parent's spouse's cost of health care coverage to the extent allowable by subsection E, plus the other parent's work-related child-care costs to the extent allowable by subsection F. This total for each parent shall be multiplied by that parent's income share. The support amounts thereby calculated that each parent owes the other shall be subtracted one from the other and the difference shall be the shared custody support one parent owes to the other, with the payor parent being the one whose shared support is the larger. Unreimbursed medical and dental expenses shall be calculated and allocated in accordance with subsection D.

(c) Definition of a day. For the purposes of this section, "day" means a period of 24 hours; however, where the parent who has the fewer number of overnight periods during the year has an overnight period with a child, but has physical custody of the shared child for less than 24 hours during such overnight period, there is a presumption that each parent shall be allocated one-half of a day of custody for that period.

(d) Minimum standards. Any calculation under this subdivision shall not create or reduce a support obligation to an amount which seriously impairs the custodial parent's ability to maintain minimal adequate housing and provide other basic necessities for the child. If the gross income of either party is equal to or less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from time to time, then the shared custody support calculated pursuant to this subsection shall not be the presumptively correct support and the court may consider whether the sole custody support or the shared custody support is more just and appropriate.

(e) Support modification. When there has been an award of child support based on the shared custody formula and one parent consistently fails to exercise custody or visitation in accordance with the parent's custody share upon which the award was based, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that the support award should be modified.

(f) In the event that the shared custody support calculation indicates that the net support is to be paid to the parent who would not be the parent receiving support pursuant to the sole custody calculation, then the shared support shall be deemed to be the lesser support.

H. The Secretary of Health and Human Resources shall ensure that the guideline set out in this section is reviewed by October 31, 2001, and every four years thereafter, by the Child Support Guidelines Review Panel, consisting of 15 members comprised of four legislative members and 11 nonlegislative citizen members. Members shall be appointed as follows: three members of the House Committee for Courts of Justice, upon the recommendation of the chairman of such committee, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in accordance with the principles of proportional representation contained in the Rules of the House of Delegates; one member of the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice, upon the recommendation of the chairman of such committee, to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; and one representative of a juvenile and domestic relations district court, one representative of a circuit court, one representative of the Department of Social Services' Division of Child Support Enforcement, three members of the Virginia State Bar, two custodial parents, two noncustodial parents, and one child advocate, upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, to be appointed by the Governor. The Panel shall determine the adequacy of the guideline for the determination of appropriate awards for the support of children by considering current research and data on the cost of and expenditures necessary for rearing children, and any other resources it deems relevant to such review. The Panel shall report its findings to the General Assembly as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports before the General Assembly next convenes following such review.

Legislative members shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Nonlegislative citizen members shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. All members may be reappointed. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be made for the unexpired terms. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments.

Legislative members shall receive such compensation as provided in § 30-19.12, and nonlegislative citizen members shall receive such compensation for the performance of their duties as provided in § 2.2-2813. All members shall be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as provided in §§ 2.2-2813 and 2.2-2825. Funding for the costs of compensation and expenses of the members shall be provided by the Department of Social Services.

The Department of Social Services shall provide staff support to the Panel. All agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance to the Panel, upon request.

The chairman of the Panel shall submit to the Governor and the General Assembly a quadrennial executive summary of the interim activity and work of the Panel no later than the first day of 2006 regular session of the General Assembly and every four years thereafter. The executive summary shall be submitted as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports and shall be posted on the General Assembly's website.

(1988, c. 907; 1989, cc. 578, 579, 599; 1991, cc. 545, 588; 1992, cc. 79, 716, 860; 1995, cc. 1, 481; 1996, cc. 491, 947, 1029; 1998, c. 618; 1999, cc. 690, 808, 836; 2000, cc. 219, 305, 376, 384, 461; 2001, cc. 193, 809; 2002, cc. 650, 747; 2003, c. 885; 2004, cc. 907, 1008; 2005, c. 758; 2006, cc. 785, 798; 2008, c. 697; 2009, c. 713; 2010, c. 243.)


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