Divorce is hard on every party involved, especially the children. At Montagna Law, our dedicated child support lawyers provide skilled legal counsel to ensure that your children receive the financial support they need throughout the divorce process and beyond.
Each family law attorney at Montagna Law has an extensive understanding of the complex provisions of Virginia child support guidelines and we will work with you to find solutions that best meet your child’s needs. When you partner with us for legal guidance, you can rest assured that you will receive the best, personalized solutions for financial assistance to satisfy your child’s best interests.
As a parent or guardian, you may apply for child support under any of the following circumstances:
There are two general paths you can follow in order to receive child support outside of going to court, both of which go through Virginia’s social services department.
On the first path, Virginia’s social services department can issue a child support order without the intervention of the court. In this situation, you simply have to submit an application through their Division for Child Support Enforcement (DCSE).
Alternatively, the DCSE may automatically open child support cases for specified individuals, such as those who receive Temporary Assistance for Need Families benefits. In this situation, a caseworker will likely contact you with details about the support payments.
The determination of child support varies for every family and can even vary for each child within a family. Courts are looking to set child support in an amount that is sufficient to provide for a child’s necessary expenses, which includes food, shelter, clothing, education, and health care (more on that later).
Essentially, your child support attorney will file a petition to receive child support on your behalf. The court will then determine if your situation poses the need for an award of child support. Child support will be set following the Code of Virginia’s Child Support Guidelines based upon the parent’s income, time with the child, and other financial matters.
The factors that the court may consider include:
The amount of child support calculated using the Child Support Guidelines is presumptively correct thus, if the court wishes to set a different amount based upon the previously mentioned considerations, it must give a justification in writing stating the reasons for the deviation. When setting the child support amount, the court will always do what is in the best interest of the child.
Child support will be set according to Virginia Child Support Guidelines which are used to determine the monthly payments based upon the number of children in the family and the parents’ income. these guidelines take into consideration the following factors:
Under Virginia state law, a child support order can be modified upon the request of either of the parents. The parent who requests the order to be modified, however, must show that circumstances have changed to a considerable extent since the original order was issued. under the Virginia Code, a child support order can be modified under the following circumstances:
Under any of the aforementioned circumstances, the court may decide to modify the order of Child Support as long as the modifications do not have an inverse impact on the level of care provided to the child by the parents.
Child support payments must be used to support the welfare, education, safety, and material well-being of the child. Child support payments will go to the custodial parent to allow them to financially support the child.
Yes, even if you have 50/50 custody ruling, these child support obligation is not eliminated. Unless both parties have chosen to waive the support, it will still be owed.
If your ex stops paying child support, you should speak with your family law attorney. They will, in turn, inform the court and initiate an investigation into that spouse’s delinquency. Rest assured that with the hard-hitting attorneys at Montagna Law on your side, he or she will not get away with neglecting their child support payments.
Under Virginia law, the child support obligation ends when the child reaches the age of 18. However, a support order must also provide that support will continue for a child over the age of 18 who is:
Under the above circumstances, support will continue to be provided until the child reaches the age of 19 or graduates from high school, whichever comes first.
The court may also order that support be paid for any child over the age of 18 that meets the following requirements:
Every child deserves to be cared for and financially supported. Regardless of your income, you may be entitled to child support payments from the other parent.
At Montagna Law, our knowledgeable child support attorneys will help you understand your rights and responsibilities, help you find the option for your child’s best interests, and help you obtain a fair child support order. Whether you are concerned about your right to receive or your obligation to pay child support, Montagna Law has got your covered.