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.
More women in Virginia and across the country are paying child support and alimony, according to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The AAML study found that 45 percent of lawyers saw an increase in the number of women being ordered to pay spousal support in the past three years. For the same time period, 54 percent of lawyers said they saw a rise in the number of mothers making child support payments.
Divorced parents in Virginia who get remarried should be aware of how a new marriage may impact the child support they are receiving or have to pay. Depending on the situation, there are certain legal actions that may be necessary to take.
There is a perception among many in Virginia and throughout the country that custodial parents receive too much support. However, this isn't necessarily the case. According to the January 2016 version of the Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support report, there are 13.4 million single custodial parents. Of those individuals, 48.7 percent have a child support agreement with the child's other parent.