Child Support - Family Law


Child support can be a stressful and contentious topic for parents. Whether you have recently separated and desperately need money to support your child or you are trying to enforce a child support order against a parent who will not pay up, you have come to the right place. Child support is the money paid by one parent to the other parent to contribute to the cost of bringing up their children including the children’s living expenses. In Virginia, both parents, whether married to one another or not, are obligated to support their children. Child support payments are based on the combined incomes of both parents. A “parent” can include a grandparent or other person who has custody of a child through a court order.


The Federal Child Support Guidelines are rules for calculating how much child support will be paid, and these guidelines include tables that show how much the paying parent will pay every month. The guidelines are 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—one with parent A and two with parent B.


Parents have a duty under the law to support their children, even if one parent does not see or take care of the children. The money one parent pays to the other parent to help provide for the daily needs of the children is called child support or maintenance. Courts use the child support guidelines to make decisions about child support. Child support programs that address the needs of the whole family and encourage compliance with child support orders. States are developing policies to prevent the need for child support enforcement, engage fathers from the birth of their child, promote family economic stability, help build healthy family relationships, ensure that families have meaningful health care coverage and prevent and reduce family violence.


There are two separate acts that govern child support. Claims for child support can be made under the Federal Divorce Act if they are being made as part of a divorce proceeding. If the parties were never married or they were married but are choosing to separate rather than divorce, applications for child support are made under Ontario’s Family Law Act.


Financially supporting the health, well-being, and care of a child is the responsibility of every parent and that responsibility does not cease to exist if the parents divorce or if the child was born out of wedlock. Virginia has specific guidelines that determine the amount of child support that should be paid. If you have been served with divorce papers and you and your spouse have children, you will eventually have to deal with the issue of child support. Even if you are not married to your child’s mother or father, if you are involved in a custody dispute, child support will eventually become an issue in your case.


The Virginia General Assembly recently voted to make changes to the Virginia child support statute, which has not been significantly altered since 1988. As you can probably imagine, the costs of living have risen in the years since 1988, and the costs of raising a child have raised along with it. It is a really long time for the child support guidelines to go along relatively unchanged, so it is interesting to see the changes that are being made.

If you need help with this type of case in Fairfax, Prince William (Manassas), Fauquier (Warrenton), Loudoun (Leesburg), Caroline, Stafford, Spotsylvania (Fredericksburg), Chesterfield, Henrico, Arlington, Richmond, Alexandria, call our law firm immediately for help and speak to a lawyer about your options.

The SRIS Law Group can help you best possible outcome based on the facts of your case. If you wish to consult an SRIS Law Group, P.C. attorney, call us at 888-437-7747

If you wish to consult an SRIS Law Group, P.C. attorney, call us at 888-437-7747