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Child Support Archives

What factors courts consider when determining child support

In a previous post here we discussed child support in terms beyond the basic necessities, and how non-custodial parents may be responsible for such costs. Now we will take a look at how child support payments are calculated by the courts when a child support plan is first established.

Is your child's father not paying child support?

In 1984, the United States passed the Child Support Enforcement Act to help parents collect child support from delinquent ex-spouses who are not paying court ordered support. Although delinquent ex-spouses are subject to jail time for failing to pay child support, one can see how this could make it even more difficult for a parent to pay. If a person is in jail, he or she is far less likely to be able to earn money to pay for the child support.

Understanding what's covered under Child Support

Many parents in Virginia and other states across the nation believe that child support might only covers the basic necessities of raising a child. Although necessities such as food, clothing and shelter are of course covered, it does not end there.

Can a person who fails to pay child support in VA go to jail?

When a parent is required to pay child support in Virginia, it must be paid or there will be consequences. The penalties for not paying child support in its proper amount within the required time frame can vary. Many parents worry that they will be put in jail if they fail to pay. It's important to understand the facts of how the state's Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) operates in this type of situation.

How Virginia deals with child support enforcement

When parents in Virginia part ways, one parent will likely receive custody of the child or children. Often, the other parent will be asked to pay for the child's upkeep and care with child support payments. This is detailed in the support agreement. However, there are instances in which the supporting parent doesn't keep up with the payments, and it is necessary for the state to pursue him or her to get their payments up to date. Child support enforcement has many ways in which it will go about getting the parent to pay.

When can there be a child support modification?

When a couple in Virginia shares a child, one parent is likely to be ordered to make monthly payments to the custodial parent to support the child. The amount that will be paid depends on numerous factors when the agreement is made. In some instances, the circumstances will change and one parent will request a child support modification. When this happens, there are reasons that must be in place for there to be an adjustment for either the supporting or the custodial parent.

Woman fakes pregnancy in effort to gain child support

The issue of child support is taken very seriously in the family court system. If a parent does not pay ordered support in Virginia, there are legal consequences. There are also legal consequences for anyone who fraudulently collects any kind of child support.

Can a child being disabled affect child support duration?

Generally, a child support obligation ends around the time a child becomes an adult. However, under Virginia law, there are certain situations in which such an obligation can remain in place during a child's adulthood. One of these is if the child is severely disabled.

Changes can occur to the amount of a child support obligation

When an initial child support order is made, it sets what the amount of a person's child support obligation is. An important thing to note is that this child support payment amount will not necessarily stay at this initially set level throughout the entirety of the time a person holds a child support obligation; it can be possible for changes to be made. Here in Virginia, one of the mechanisms through which the amount of a child support obligation can be changed is a child support order review.

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