Child Support Attorney in Virginia Beach
Helping Our Clients Establish, Modify, or Enforce Child Support Payments
Child support is a court-ordered payment to help the primary caregiver raise their child. In Virginia, both parents (married or not) have a legal obligation to financially support their child(ren). When a judge creates a child support payment plan, they consider the income of both parents. Doing so best ensures the child is set up for the same (or very similar) level of financial stability they would otherwise have had if their parents lived together in the same household.
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At The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, our family law attorney can help you calculate child support payments and devise a plan for payment. Our lawyer has over 20 years of experience and will do everything he can to come up with a plan that is fair for all parties involved.
Calculating Child Support
A support payment is based on the needs of the child and the ability of each parent to pay for these needs. The court determines child support based on a set of guidelines created by the legislature. A judge will decide the formula based on:
- each parent’s income;
- medical insurance;
- education expenses;
- Social Security benefits the child may receive; and/or
- the child’s current standard of living.
Review and Adjustment
A judge will review the support amount every 3 years and make adjustments as necessary. However, if circumstances change that affect one parent’s ability to pay, or the other parent’s need for payment, they can request an adjustment outside of the 3-year mark. For example, if one party has a 25% change in gross income, the other may request an increase in support. Or, perhaps the child must go to afterschool care and the custodial parent would like the paying parent to help with the costs. In circumstances such as these, an adjustment may be needed earlier than originally planned.
Attorney Daniel J. Miller will evaluate your case and help you come up with a solution that works for your situation. We offer compassionate guidance and legal insights to thoroughly assist you during your court proceedings.
Call our firm at (757) 517-2942 or contact us online to schedule a case evaluation.
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