Child Support: It’s Not Simple Math
Child support is a pivotal issue in many divorces and situations involving unmarried parents. Since every case is different and since finances are involved, it is important to take a strategic approach to this important aspect of your family law matter. You want to avoid unpleasant surprises when it comes to child support.
Contrary to popular notions, it’s not simple math. Although the calculation of child support can be extremely formulaic, it is wise to work with a skilled family law attorney to ensure that the numbers being used in the formula are accurate and that the correct guidelines are being used.
We Understand The Formulas
It is also critical to understand that the Virginia formulas for support are not automatically followed, as a party can ask for a deviation from the child support guidelines. Several factors are included in the calculation of child support, such as medical arrangements or child care. It is the job of your attorney to ensure that these factors are researched appropriately and calculated accurately.
The attorneys at Weisberg & Weisberg, PLLC, in Newport News, VA, have decades of combined experience representing clients in a wide range of family law matters, including child support and divorce. Attorney Amy Weisberg focuses the vast majority of her time guiding clients through these matters. Our firm is committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible results when it comes to child support.
Paperwork, Money And The DCSE
We can help you navigate challenging matters involving the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE), an administrative agency with the power to withhold wages. A custodial parent can open a case with the DCSE rather than filing a court action; as a result, a paying parent can end up with significant paperwork, wage garnishment or a bank account levy. Sometimes going to court is a better option for either type of party.
We understand that children are often the most important aspect of a divorce, and we know that both parents typically want to ensure that the children are financially provided for. It is our goal to help our clients understand the Virginia child support guidelines and protect their rights.
Factors In Virginia Child Support
Several factors must be considered by a Virginia court in determining the amount of child support to award, such as:
- Which guidelines apply – shared vs. sole vs. split guidelines
- Imputation of income due to unemployment or underemployment
- Work-related expenses
- Medical or dental expenses
- Insurance premiums
- Child care costs
It is important to remember that even though the child support guidelines are driven by a calculation, this calculation is dependent on the variables that are used. Whether there is a debate over educational expenses or the accurate wages of one parent over another, we will work to pair the best interests of the child with what is fair for our clients.