From the initial determination to modifications, child and spousal support decisions can significantly affect your family’s future. At Randall | Page we understand it is crucial to maintain your lifestyle while also providing for your children. Our family law attorneys can help you navigate through that often complicated process.
Child support is paid by one parent to another in order to assist with the cost of raising a child. It’s recommended that both parents obtain legal representation in child custody and child support matters. The child support formula may be based on several factors, including:
Spousal support may be paid by one spouse to another upon divorce or separation. The spousal support formula takes numerous factors into account, including:
There are various reasons why one party may think they should be paying less in child support or spousal maintenance. There are also various reasons why one party may think they should be receiving more child support or spousal maintenance.
When we turn to Section 20-108 of the Virginia Code, we can see that there are various valid reasons why there may need to be changed to the amount of child support being paid. This includes the following:
It is important to point out that changes to child support payments, up or down, need to be approved by the court. Do not make a change this to child support amounts through verbal agreements with the other party involved.
There may also be various reasons why spousal maintenance amounts may need to be made. Prior to a 2018 law, changes to spousal maintenance were typically not allowed. However, changes to spousal maintenance amounts can now be made so long as the party seeking the modification can prove a material change in circumstances that would justify the change.
If you have any questions regarding child support payments or spousal support payments in Virginia, contact an attorney as soon as possible. Whether you are just beginning the divorce or separation process or have been separated for some time and need a modification, these issues can become very complicated. An attorney will be able to guide you through this process and ensure that you are properly cared for. At Randall Page, P.C., we pledge to give you our full support as you work through these challenging matters. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 757-517-8956.