Manassas Child Support Attorney
Child support can be a highly contested issue in many divorce cases. The amount of support can have a large impact not only on you and your financial situation, but also on your children and their quality of life. To make sure that you and your children are treated fairly when the amount of support is calculated, it is important to work with an experienced Prince William County attorney who understands the child support guidelines.
Understanding Child Support in Virginia
The purpose of child support is to provide for the needs of the children, not the custodial parent. In the past, the amount was determined based on need versus ability to pay. This led to a great deal of confusion, with different judges awarding different amounts. To make child support determinations consistent and uniform, the state adopted the Virginia Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines are based on income, not need. Four factors are considered in calculating child support:
- The gross monthly income of both parents
- How custodial time is divided
- Work-related day care expenses
- The cost of health and dental insurance for the children
Although the formulas are fairly straightforward, disputes still arise. Sometimes, income will be disputed if a parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed. Additionally, children may have special needs. It is important to make sure that all of these important factors have been taken into consideration.
Manassas, Virginia, child support lawyer Robert Klima thoroughly understands the calculation process and will take the necessary steps to ensure that the amount is calculated correctly.
Many child support issues can be resolved through a process called mediation. This process can keep you out of court, sparing you the expense and stress that can come from protracted legal battles and litigation. Mr. Klima has successfully mediated child support matters for over 30 years and can help you determine whether your situation is a good fit for the process.
Modification of Child Support
After the initial child support determination, circumstances may change for you and your child. If so, it may be possible to modify support obligations. Some of the reasons for modification are:
- A significant increase or decrease in income
- The emancipation of a child
- A change in the custodial arrangements
- The child’s changing health care needs
Once child support has been ordered, the parents cannot agree between themselves to change the amount. A new court order is required.
Learn More About Child Support Guidelines and Calculations in Virginia
Mr. Klima represents individuals and families living in communities in Prince William and Fauquier counties, including Manassas, Woodbridge, Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow, Warrenton and surrounding counties.