Fairfax Child Support
Three out of ten children live with just one of their parents, according to the Census. These single parents not only have tremendous responsibility as caretakers, but also as financial providers. Because raising a child is so expensive, the child support system in place is vitally important to single parents who rely on regular monthly child support payments from the other, non-custodial parent. On the other hand, if you are a non-custodial parent (or are going through divorce and are likely to become a non-custodial parent), it may be in your best interest to limit child support payments to what you can actually pay, given your current living expenses and income. The Fairfax child support attorneys at Simms Showers understand both sides of the equation and are here to ensure that you and your child’s best interests are understood by the other party, and the judge if the child custody dispute goes to trial.
How Child Support is Calculated in Virginia
Virginia uses a standardized table to calculate child support, which is based on the combined gross income of each parent, and the number of children the parents have. Next, the proportion of income from each parent is taken into account, as well as a number of other factors, such as healthcare expenses, education, the child’s other needs, whether there is support from other family members, the earning capacity of each parent, and more.
Child Support Enforcement Services
Unfortunately, 54 percent of custodial parents do not receive full child support payments. Child support is vital for custodial parents of all income levels. Whether a custodial parent makes $150,000 a year, or $15,000, non-payment of child support has a deep impact on the child’s well-being, and non-custodial parents who fail to pay full child support can be held accountable. By working with state and federal agencies, we can help you locate the non-custodial parent if they have disappeared, seek payment for back-owed support, and use various methods to ensure that past and future child support is paid. These methods can include revoking the non-custodial parent’s driver’s license, garnishing their wages through their employer, intercepting income tax refunds, and even jail time.
Call a Fairfax Child Support Attorney Today
We understand just how important child support is to you, as a custodial parent, and to the well-being of your child, who depends, or will soon depend, on regular monthly payments to help pay for his or her food, clothing, housing, toys, education, and healthcare. Similarly, we understand and strive to protect the rights of non-custodial parents who wish to minimize child support to a level that they can actually pay. Whether you are a custodial parent, non-custodial parent, or you are going through divorce and do not know what role you or the other parent will have when it comes to child support or child custody, we urge you to seek the legal guidance of an experienced Fairfax child support attorney. Call Simms Showers today at 703-879-1364 to schedule a consultation.