This post is being written to conclude and recap the series on the modification of child support by Virginia parents. Child support is an issue that often causes confusion and tension, between parents. It is common for one parent to feel that they are paying too much while their counterpart feels that the amount is too low. The goal of the last several articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It has also been the goal to provide information which will help people make an informed selection when they are choosing a family law attorney. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed several topics as part of this discussion. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- When one may request a child support modification
- Requesting a child support modification when your income has gone down
- How “underemployment” impacts child support
- The process of changing one’s child support payment
There are numerous reasons why we chose to address these issues. First, one cannot request a change to the current child support payment simply because they feel it is “unfair.” The court will only entertain a request for a modification if certain requirements have been met. Second, it is important to immediately request a change if your income has gone down; many parents do not realize that their child support obligation stays the same until the court orders otherwise. Third, a reduction in income will not necessarily result in a reduced monthly child support payment. If the judge finds that the parent is “underemployed,” meaning that they are choosing to earn less, then the request for a modification will likely be denied. Finally, understanding what to expect from the process can help to ensure that things go smoothly.
One point to stress is that one should contact an attorney if they wish for the court to adjust their monthly child support payment. While the calculation of child support can seem straightforward, the fact of the matter is that there are many nuances involved in determining the proper monthly payment. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.