For couples in Virginia who are going through a divorce, or even those who have never been married at all, child support can be a difficult issue to address in family law court. Most parents understand that they have a duty and obligation to provide financial support for their children, but that isn’t always the case. When it comes to child support in Virginia, it can help if those who are facing this issue know some of the basics.
It isn’t always a given that child support will be ordered, but it is certainly common in most family law cases that involve a child’s welfare. In the most common situation, one parent will be court-ordered to pay child support to the other parent, based on how the child custody issue plays out.
If one parent has more responsibility for the day-to-day, physical needs of the child — and is perhaps the primary parent with physical custody — it will be the other parent who is likely to be required to pay child support.
The amount of child support that will be ordered is always a touchy subject. A court will weigh a variety of factors, looking at the income of each parent, the expenses of the parents and the child and even the number of other children each parent might have from other relationships. In the end, the amount of child support that a court orders will be unique to the situation.
Your child support concerns
At our law firm, we understand that our clients may be seriously concerned about child support and how an order to pay that support could impact their finances. We do our best to make sure that child support orders are fair and follow the law. For more information, please visit the child support and custody overview section of our law firm’s website.