In Virginia, both parents, whether married to one another or not, are obligated to support their child, whether disabled or able-bodied. Child support payments are based on the combined incomes of both parents. This structure gives the child the benefit of what the parents could have been provided in a united household. Thus, the state holds each parent responsible for covering a certain percentage of the whole child support amount, which must include health and dental care for the child. Childcare costs, too, could be part of the equation.
Calculating Child Support Payments
The guidelines are based on a formula. To use them, you need to know the number of children to support and the incomes of both parents. If you have children with more than one parent, then you need to estimate child support from each parent separately. For example, let’s say you have three children, one with Parent A and two with Parent B. If you’re seeking child support from Parent A, then you count only one child. If you are seeking child support from Parent B, then you count only two children. Consider both parents’ incomes and seek legal help to determine what exactly you should be expecting.
After the Order
Once a child support order is in place, you can ask a court to change it under certain circumstances. The most common reasons are when either parent has a 25% change in gross income. Usually, this happens with the loss of a job or if a child needs to be added or taken off of the order. Some other reasons are if daycare expenses change by 25%, if there are outstanding medical or dental expenses, or if there has been a change in health insurance costs. Also, if you have a shared-custody arrangement and one parent consistently fails to visit or take custody, then that is a good reason to ask for a change in the child support order.
Get Representation from The Carlberg Law Firm Today
Ready to tackle your legal issues head on? The Carlberg Law Firm provides all the experience and knowledge of a larger firm with the personal attention and commitment of a smaller firm. We represent individuals from both the District of Columbia and Virginia, and our attorneys have extensive experience in all aspects of family law. Our offices are located in a beautiful 1875 historic building in Old Town Alexandria at 413 North Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Please contact us to set up an appointment at (703) 549 5551 or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.