Child Support Payments In Virginia
In divorce proceedings, Virginia courts require both parents to financially support their children until they reach 18, become self-supporting or graduate from high school as a 19-year-old. When one parent has primary custody, the other parent is usually required by the courts to make child support payments. The state uses guidelines based on income, the number of children, and factors such as child care and medical insurance costs to determine the amount of child support payments.
Child support payments determined by the state’s guidelines can be challenged. The courts regularly hear arguments for modifying payments based on the unique circumstances of individual cases. Our attorneys can represent you in court to help make sure you are financially stable after your divorce.
Challenging Court Ordered Child Support Payment Amounts
When the court hears challenges to support orders, it is willing to consider a variety of things that impact the custodial parent’s financial needs and the noncustodial parent’s ability to pay. Common expenses that are considered in child support challenges include:
- Job loss and/or an increase or reduction in income
- Tuition and expenses related to extracurricular activities
- Insurance coverage
- Expenses related to special needs children
- Costs associated with visitation
- Visitation expenses and child support paid to children born outside the marriage
It is not uncommon for child support payments to be modified multiple times over a period of years. If the financial situation of you or your ex-partner has changed, you should consider challenging your court ordered child support.
Contact The Child Custody Attorneys At Luis A. Perez P.C. Law Office
The family law attorneys at Luis A. Perez P.C. Law Office can help you to get a child support order, collect unpaid child support from an ex-partner and represent you in child support order modification requests. To set up an initial consultation, call 703-278-2084 or contact us online.
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