Abingdon, VA Child Support Lawyer

Child Support Lawyer Abingdon, VA Child Support Lawyer Abingdon, VA

Child custody battles are often the most emotionally challenging and frustrating legal issues that individuals face.  Any time two parents are not able to arrive at a consensus regarding fair financial support in the context of a divorce, the Virginia court system will step in to order the amount of support based on factors such as income, daycare, and health insurance expenses.

Adjusting to a new financial way of living can be challenging, but  an experienced Abingdon child support lawyer can help navigate through every step of an initial child support request or support modification proceedings to ensure you and your child’s best interests are met.  Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.

We offer affordable hourly billing rates in child support matters and accept credit card payments.

What is Child Support?

In Virginia, both parents are legally obligated to support a child, whether they are married to one another or not.  As divorce rates have increased, the Commonwealth of Virginia has worked tirelessly to systematize the support process, enacting child support guidelines that make determining the appropriate amount of support more predictable.

Child support is designed to reduce the disparity between each parent’s respective household.  For example, if one parent is the main breadwinner while the other primarily cares for the children, support payments may be awarded to the custodial parent to ensure that a child retains a similar quality of life while with both parents.

While there are mutual obligations, this does not always equate to equal support from each party.  Instead, Virginia uses a complex formula to determine the specific amount parents are obligated to pay every month.  Such formula is based on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to):

  • Income
  • Ability to pay
  • Time with the child

If you would like to learn more about Virginia child support obligations, we welcome you to call our office to schedule a free consultation with an Abingdon VA child support lawyer.  We can listen to the facts of your case, explain your legal options, and assist in formulating a child support strategy that will help ensure your child receives the care he or she deserves.

What Types of Child Custody are Awarded in Virginia?

Child support largely coincides with custody.  For example, depending on which parent has primary custody or if both share custody, the custodial situation often determines who must pay child support.  Because of this interrelation, it is critical to understand the types of custodial arrangements commonly awarded in Virginia, including:

  • Joint Custody. Joint custody allows both parents to retain the legal right to make critical decisions regarding a child (i.e., healthcare, academic choices, religious affiliation); however, it does not impact physical custody.
  • Sole Custody. Sole custody authorizes only one parent or guardian to make parenting decisions, and the noncustodial party must follow and uphold these determinations.  This arrangement is commonly utilized in highly contentious disputes in which parents are unable to co-parent effectively.  Typically, parents awarded sole legal custody will also retain primary physical custody of a child, and the noncustodial parent will be granted visitation (or parenting time).  In this situation, a custodial parent is usually entitled to child support payments from the noncustodial parent.
  • Shared Custody. Shared custody provides both parents with equal physical custody of a child.  Courts often favor shared custody, as it allows children to foster meaningful relationships with both parents.  If both parents have equivalent financial means, support payments may not be awarded when custody is shared.
  • Visitation. When one parent is awarded sole custody, the noncustodial parent is typically entitled to meaningful visitation with a child (unless visitation could compromise the safety or well-being of a child).  For example, if there is a history of sexual or physical abuse involving the child, visitation may be supervised or restricted.

How Is Child Support Determined in Virginia?

By law, all child support orders must follow Virginia’s Child Support Guidelines, which are based on the premise that children whose parents live apart should have the same level of support they would have enjoyed had the parents lived together.  Because everyone’s finances are complicated, the guidelines utilize a complex formula to determine payments.

The formula considers such information as:

  • Income from all sources
  • Alimony/spousal support payments
  • Daycare expenses
  • Health insurance costs
  • Basic needs of the parents and child
  • How involved each parent is involved in caregiving

Under the current law, the minimum child support payment is $68 per month; however, payments vary greatly depending on the number of involved children and the gross incomes of the parents.  For example, the following is a partial example of the monthly basic child support obligations:

 

MONTHLY GROSS INCOMEOne

CHILD

Two

CHILDREN

Three

CHILDREN

Four

CHILDREN

Five

CHILDREN

Six

CHILDREN

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40078119144161177192
45088133162181199216
50097148179200220239
550107162197220242263
600116177215240264287
650126191232259285310
700135206250279307333
750145220267298328357
800154234284317349379
850163248300336369401
900171260316353388422
950179273331369406442
1000187285346386425462
1050196298361403443482
1100204310375419461501
1150212323390436480521
1200220335405453498541
1250228347420469516561
1300237360435486535581
1350245372450503553601
1400253385465519571621
1450261397480536589641
1500269410495552608661
1550278422509569626680
1600286434524585644700
1650293446538601661718
1700301457552616678737
1750309469566632695756
1800316481579647712774
1850324492593663729792
1900331504607678746811
1950339515621693763829
2000347527635709780848
2050354538648724797866
2100362550662740814884
2150369561676755830903
2200377573690770847921
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25004236427728639491032
25504306537868789661050
26004386658008949831068
265044567681490910001087
270045368882892410171105
275046069984194010341124
280046871185595510511142
285047672286997110681160
290048373488398610841179
2950491745896100111011197
3000498757910101711181216
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3100514780938104711521252
3150521791952106311691271
3200529803965107811861289
3250536814979109412031308
3300544826993110912201326
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34505668591032115212681378
35005748701045116712831395
35505818811057118112991412
36005888921070119613151430
36505969031083121013311447
37006039141096122413471464
37506119251109123913631481
38006189361122125313791499
38506269471135126813951516
39006329561146128014081531
39506389661157129314221546
40006459751168130514361561
40506519851180131814491575
41006589941191133014631590
415066410041202134214771605
420067010131213135514901620
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435068710381242138715261658
440069310461251139715371670
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450070410621268141715591694
455070910691277142715691706
460071410771286143715801718
465072010851295144715911730
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475073111001313146616131753
480073611081322147616241765
485074111161331148616351777
490074711241339149616461789
495075211311348150616561800
500075511361353151116621807

 

It is important to note that these are merely the basic guidelines, meaning there may be other considerations.  For example, reasonable business expenses for persons with income from self-employment, a partnership, or a closely held business may be deducted.  Further, gross income does not include public assistance benefits, federal supplemental security income benefits, or child support payments.

Because it can be challenging to calculate child support payments, we encourage you to reach out to an experienced Abingdon child support lawyer to seek answers to your questions.  At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we have decades of legal experience and can assist in providing an approximation of your support obligations.

At What Age Do Virginia Child Support Payments Stop?

Child support is typically payable until a child reaches 18 years of age; however, payments may continue for any child over the age of 18 who is:

  • A full-time high school student;
  • Not self-supporting; and
  • Living in the home of the party seeking child support until the child reaches 19 or graduates from high school (whichever occurs first).

It is critical to note that parents can agree to pay support beyond the age of 19.  For example, the parties may agree to extend child support payments until a dependent reaches 22 years of age, allowing the child to receive support while pursuing a college education.

Can A Child Support Order Be Modified in Virginia?

Yes.  Virginia law allows child support orders to be modified if there is a material change in circumstances, which is largely left to a judge’s discretion. For example, if parenting time changes significantly, a parent loses their job, or a child develops special needs, an order may be modified to accommodate the new circumstances.

It is critical to keep in mind that such change must be material, meaning that small income fluctuations may not support a modification. Further, courts do not distinguish between who files a modification request or whether an increase or decrease is being requested.  Therefore, opening the door to a modification could have unintended results.  As experienced Abingdon, Virginia child support lawyers, we can evaluate your circumstances and advise whether filing a modification request may be prudent.

Schedule a Free Consultation with An Experienced Abingdon, VA Child Support Lawyer.

Child support actions are commonly initiated by filing a Complaint for Divorce in Circuit Court or a Petition for Child Support in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (although a request may be initiated in other ways).  If you need to file a child support order, are facing one against you, or need to modify an existing order, our experienced Abingdon child support lawyers can be by your side to handle every step of the legal process.

Call our office to schedule a free consultation to get started.  We offer affordable rates and accept credit card payments.

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06:57 05 Dec 20
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16:41 22 Oct 20
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14:41 17 Sep 20
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02:52 11 Aug 20
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20:10 30 Jul 20
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Nathan
Nathan
13:54 30 Jul 20
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15:24 21 Jul 20
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23:22 20 Jul 20
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21:41 14 Jul 20
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19:28 14 Jul 20
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17:01 14 Jul 20
The personnel who work here are constiment professionals. Rhonda Hurt kept me abreast of all proceedings and changes without the need for me to follow up, allowing me to maintain a piece of mind knowing that the Law Offices of Mark T Hurt were on the job (Rhonda kept me up to date through text and e-mail).During the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak all court dates were changed. I received a personalized letter from Mark assuring me that he and his team was on the job and was going to see my case through to the end while keeping me looped in.Thank you for all your help and persistence to see the great outcome I received.I highly recommend anyone to use the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues!
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11:34 13 Jul 20
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