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Child Support Attorneys in Alexandria

Child support is a legal obligation that parents have to financially support their children. In the state of Virginia, child support laws are governed by the Code of Virginia § 20-108.2. It is important for all parents to understand how child support is determined, the duration of child support payments, and the legal process for securing child support payments.

Silis & Associates is dedicated to helping parents facing divorce or separation seek a fair child support agreement. Call (703) 721-4773 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Determining Child Support in Virginia

The court in Virginia uses an "income shares" model to determine child support. This means that both parents' incomes are taken into consideration when calculating the amount of child support to be paid. The court also considers the following factors:

  • The number of children
  • Any custody arrangements
  • The special needs of the child or children
  • The standard of living before the separation or divorce
  • Each parent's income and earning potential
  • Childcare expenses
  • Health insurance costs for the child or children

The Virginia Department of Social Services provides a child support calculator on their website to help estimate the amount of child support that may be ordered by the court. Note that this calculations are an estimate; our Alexandria child support lawyers can help you seek a fair payment schedule based on the unique circumstances of your family. We aim to minimize the stress of family law cases to help you move forward.

The Duration of Child Support Payments

In general, child support payments in Virginia continue until the child reaches the age of 18, or until they graduate from high school, whichever comes later. However, there are some situations where child support may continue beyond these circumstances:

  • If the child has a physical or mental disability that prevents them from becoming self-supporting.
  • If both parents agree to continue paying support after the child turns 18.
  • If the child is still in high school and expected to graduate before turning 19, support may continue until graduation.

The Legal Process for Securing Child Support Payments

If a parent is not receiving court-ordered child support payments, they can take legal action to enforce the order. This process typically involves filing a motion with the court and attending a hearing. The court has the authority to enforce child support payments through measures such as wage garnishment, interception of tax refunds, and suspension of driver's or professional licenses.

It is important for both parents to comply with court-ordered child support payments, as failure to do so can result in legal consequences. Additionally, it is crucial for all parties involved to keep accurate records of all child support payments made and received to avoid any disputes or confusion.

Contact Silis & Associates for Child Support Assistance

Child support is a crucial aspect of ensuring the financial well-being of children whose parents are no longer together. Understanding how child support is determined, the duration of payments, and the legal process for securing them is essential for all parents and guardians in Virginia.

Seek legal advice from our qualified professionals at Silis & Associates for any specific questions or concerns regarding child support. Let's work together to ensure that all children are well-supported and cared for.

Contact our Alexandria child support attorneys online or call us at (703) 721-4773 today.

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