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Modification of an order for child support in Virginia

Many residents of Northern Virginia believe that, when the court issues its final order and decree ending their marriages, no more formal legal proceedings will be necessary. This belief is correct for many couples, but for some individuals, changed circumstance can necessitate a return to court to modify one or more aspects of the judge's child support order.

Helping you resolve child support issues

As any parent in Virginia can attest, raising a child can be a lot of work. Although it is a very rewarding part in life, it can also be a very costly one. Thus, when parents split, it is still imperative that the child's financial needs are met. Unfortunately, this does not always naturally and willingly occur following a split or a divorce.

Resolving child support disputes through mediation

One of the most difficult disputes to resolve in a divorce in Virginia are those that pertain to child support, especially if the parents will have very different financial situations after the divorce is completed. One of the most helpful methods of avoiding this problem is mediation. Parties involved in a divorce often reject the possibility of mediation because they do not understand the process. In this post, we will provide some basic information about the mediation process in order to promote a broader understanding of what it entails.

Proving paternity in Virginia

The paternity lawsuit seems a bit anachronistic in the early decades of the 21st century, but for some young mothers in Virginia, proving that a particular man is the biological father of her child can be the difference between living in poverty and having enough money to provide for the baby's and her basic welfare. Knowing the identity of the child's biological father can also help diagnose certain genetically transmitted diseases. Also, many studies have shown that young children benefit emotionally from knowing their father.

Enforcing an order for child support in a Virginia divorce

Most people who become embroiled in divorce proceedings in Virginia hope that the emotional turmoil will end when the court enters its final judgment and decree. Unhappily for some divorcing couples, the entry of the judgment can mark the beginning of a new period of emotional stress centering on the enforcement of the court's order for child support.

Wendy Williams ex seeks child support in divorce

Ending a marriage is often a troubling time. It could end because of adultery, conflicts or because one simply fell out of love. No matter the reason, the decision to file for divorce is only just the beginning of the decision making process. In fact, if children are involved, it is important to secure child support, as these funds are used to care for the child and meet their needs.

How is child support calculated and can it be changed?

When parents in Virginia get a divorce, decisions will need to be made regarding their child. Specifically, decisions will need to be made regarding child custody and child support. In general, the non-custodial parent will pay child support to the custodial parent as a way of contributing to the financial costs of raising the child.

How is child support calculated in Virginia?

Determining child support in Virginia may seem straightforward, as there is a statutory formula for calculating how much support is owed. Plus, in Virginia, there is a presumption that the amount of child support as calculated by the statutory guidelines is correct. However, this presumption can be rebutted. To rebut this presumption, there must be findings that the amount calculated per the guidelines is unjust or inappropriate for the parties' specific situation, based on certain factors that affect the parents' obligations, ability to pay and the best interests of the child.

When may courts deviate from statutory child support guidelines?

Virginia, like other states in the nation, has statutory guidelines that dictate how much child support a parent will owe. However, these guidelines are not ironclad. A parent, in certain circumstances, can rebut the presumption that the statutory guidelines should be followed. The following are some factors the court will consider when determining whether it is appropriate to deviate from the commonwealth's statutory child support guidelines.

Where can parents turn for assistance with child support matters?

The Division of Child Support Enforcement is the agency in Virginia that provides child support services to parents in the commonwealth. It provides services to both custodial parents and noncustodial parents. Therefore, it is a crucial component in ensuring that parents receive the correct amount of child support they are owed in full and on time.

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