Virginia Child Support Attorneys | Virginia Child Support Lawyer
Child support is payment from one parent to the other to help cover their childrens care, support, education and overall upbringing expenses. The goal is to ensure that the children are cared for under the same or similar economic circumstances as they enjoyed before the marriage was dissolved. Generally, the noncustodial parent pays child support to the custodial parent. There are many factors a court considers when deciding how much money should be exchanged in a child support case. Extraordinary medical expenses, the age of a child, income of both parents, standard of living, and educational needs are just a few of the factors a court may consider when awarding child support.
Child support can either be agreed upon by both parents or ordered by the court in a divorce proceeding. If the parents cannot agree on a dollar amount, a judge will establish a child support to be paid by one parent to the other. Virginia child support is determined by using an established child support formula that takes into account the number of children involved and the income of both parents. In determining the amount of child support, the court will examine a variety of factors, including the costs of health insurance for the child, the costs of the child's education and after-school activities, and other considerations specific to your child's lifestyle.
Once child support is ordered, the only way to modify the order is to file a petition with the court. A modification agreement privately entered into by the parents that has not been approved by the court will not be recognized as legally valid. Generally, child support orders will only be modified in cases of a substantial change in circumstances. A drastic decrease or increase in the payor or payee's income would be a valid grounds for modifying the original order or agreement. Child support obligations cannot be retroactively modified, so it is important to file a petition for modification immediately if you experience a significant decrease in income or have lost your job. Our Virginia child support attorneys can help you with your child support or modification case.
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The emotional tensions involved in a child support case can make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the spouses to deal objectively with the many issues they must resolve. That is why many people choose to hire an attorney well-versed in Virginia child support laws to handle their case. Charles B. Roberts & Associates, P.C. will work diligently to protect your interests – and the interests of your children – during this difficult time. Call 703-491-7070 or 1-888-407-4529 (toll free) to discuss your case with our experienced Virginia child support attorneys. We handle cases in Arlington, Fredericksburg, Woodbridge, and throughout Virginia.