Throughout the course of this series I have discussed:
- How the Family Court calculates child support and how a parent can estimate what their payment will be
- When a Judge may deviate from the standard formula and order a parent to pay more or less than what would normally be expected
- How spousal support payments can be affected by child support amounts
- How Virginia handles parents who fall into child support arrears and options those parents have
- How a parent can protect themselves from being falsely accused of not making their full child support payments
Whether you are a parent who is owed money or who is ordered to pay it is important to remember that it is always in everyone’s best interest to adhere to the court order. Use the court system if a modification is needed. Many child support disputes occur because the parents have come to a mutual agreement amongst themselves and then one parent decides they are not happy with that agreement later down the line. If two parents have a contentious relationship then it cannot be stressed enough that handling financial matters through the court will avoid a great deal of future headaches. This means processing payments through the court as well as asking the court for a modification to the payment amount if one has lost a job. If one has missed a payment then it is important to contact both the parent who is owed money and the court as soon as possible to make arrangements and avoid future fines and consequences.
Whether you are a parent who wishes to file for child support, or a parent who can no longer afford their payment, you should speak with a lawyer immediately if you have a child support issue.
Contact our office today to speak with a child support attorney.