Both parents have a legal duty to support their children. The amount of child support to be paid is often a highly contested issue because it affects the quality of life for children and the financial situation of the parents. To make sure that you and your children are treated fairly when child support is determined, you should work with an attorney who understands the complex Virginia child support guidelines.
At Maddox & Gerock, P.C., we skillfully guide parents through the process of determining child support. We keep the best interests of the children in mind in all child support cases, and we do everything we can to make sure children have access to the resources they need to lead a healthy life. Whether you are paying support or are seeking payment, we have the knowledge and skill needed to protect your rights.
To speak with an experienced Virginia child support attorney, call 703-883-8035 or contact our Falls Church law firm online.
Understanding the Child Support Guidelines
It is important to remember that child support is designed to provide for the needs of children, not parents. In Virginia, there are presumptive guidelines that must be considered when awarding support.
There are many factors judges use when determining support, including:
- The gross monthly income of both parents, which includes salaries, Social Security, unemployment and disability benefits, and income from a variety of other sources
- Child custody arrangements
- Day care expenses
- The cost of health insurance for the children
- Standard of living
Even though the guidelines appear straightforward, disputes are common. Sometimes, a parent may be voluntarily unemployed in order to avoid paying child support or alimony. Children may have special needs. When you come to us, we will make sure that circumstances like these are taken into account.
Modifying and Enforcing Child Support
After the amount of support is determined, either by a judge or by the parties as part of a separation agreement, the divorce is finalized and the family moves forward. As time passes, a parent's circumstances may change. If the change is significant, the amount of child support may need to be modified.
Our attorneys help clients seeking modification for many reasons, including:
- Career changes that result in different work hours or a change in income
- Relocating or moving away
- Loss of employment
- Disability or illness
- Changes in the guidelines
If the paying spouse refuses to meet his or her support obligations, we can take the issue to court, asking that the child support order be enforced.
Contact Our Family Law Firm
If you have concerns about child support, whether you are paying support or receiving it, we are here to help. To schedule a consultation with our experienced child support lawyers, please call 703-883-8035 or contact our law firm online. We serve clients in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, the District of Columbia and across Northern Virginia.