Fairfax Child Support Attorneys
Confidential Guidance Through Your Divorce
After a divorce, you want to ensure that your children have the financial
support necessary to attend good schools, get proper medical care, and
have what they need to live good lives. Child support is a non-taxable,
non-deductible payment to help support your child or children after you
have separated from your spouse.
Finalizing support payments can be complicated. Contact Langone & Fasullo, PLLC
to discuss your case with a Fairfax divorce lawyer.
How the Court Determines Child Support
If you and your spouse are able to agree on a child support arrangement,
a judge will not have to get involved. However, if you are unable to agree,
a custodial parent can petition the court to determine the child support
amount according to the State of Virginia’s guidelines.
These rules take into account:
- Each parent’s income
- The support of either parent or other children
- Day care expenses
- Healthcare costs
- Costs of living
- Child custody arrangements
The court may also take into account your child’s preference or situation,
including any special needs, the standard of living enjoyed by the child
or children during the marriage, and any debts incurred during the marriage
for the benefit of your children.
Sometimes the court may deviate from the standard guidelines. This can
be as a result of monetary support from other family members, imputed
income for those who are voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, and
a child’s extraordinary medical or dental expenses.
Failure to Pay, Modifications, & Termination
If the paying spouse fails to make payments, you can petition the court
to request back payments or an income reduction order for wage garnishment.
Child support can be modified later on if you can prove a “material
change of circumstances.” Once a child reaches the age of 18 or
is able to financially support him or herself, child support payments end.
Need help determining your expenses, circumstances, and the needs of your
children? For legal assistance and advice, contact our firm at (703) 391-1161 to schedule a consultation