Child support is one of the most important pieces of a divorce proceeding in Virginia and elsewhere because it directly pertains to the best interests of the child. In most cases, child support payment schedules will be included in the final divorce decree when sole or majority custody is granted. Essentially, this means that the parent who takes care of the child most or all of the time will be the one to receive payments. In addition, child support payments typically last until the child is no longer considered a minor at the age of 18, provided they have also graduated from high school. Otherwise, child support continues until the month the child graduates.
Many factors lead couples in Virginia to pursue divorce, but the endangerment of a child adds urgency to the matter for a concerned parent. A recent letter to an advice columnist from a father worried about his child in the company of a heavy-drinking mother highlights the need to collect evidence about an alcohol or drug-abusing spouse.
Virginia residents may assume that prenuptial agreements are only necessary for the rich and famous. However, they can be beneficial for almost anyone who is about to get married. For instance, if one helps to pay a spouse's student loans, a prenuptial agreement could determine if repayment will be required following divorce.
By: Britney McPheron, associate attorney at Bowen Ten Cardani
Parents in Virginia may find the topic of child support to be somewhat confusing as there are multiple ways payments can be arranged. However, the different types of child support cases are necessary as they are needed by the government to keep track of the children and families that require the extra financial support.
Virginia women who are getting a divorce may be in for some financial surprises. According to a survey conducted by the online marketplace Worthy, many divorced women said this was true for them. They are often surprised by the cost of divorce or by learning that they will have to return to work.
Most parents in Virginia remain committed to providing for their children after divorce. In some cases, however, a parent may allow anger and resentment to color their willingness to go along with an existing child support agreement. This can create significant problems for all the parties involved, particularly the children.
As with nearly every state, most child support payments in Virginia are made through a payroll deduction. A form of garnishment, money for a person's child support obligation is generally taken through their paycheck. The Virginia Department of Social Services then forwards the payment to the child support recipient, less a small administrative fee.
Though child support is considered a priority debt and is often subject to a wage withholding order, some are more than others in collecting money. Those who work 'off the books", those who do not report income and those who claim not to be employed can make life more difficult for a child support recipient. Those in Richmond, Virginia should know the process may be difficult, but not impossible.