How Do VA Statutes Determine Child Support Calculations?
Virginia statutes establish guidelines for paying child support. However, because of the complexities often involved, it is wise to have a Virginia Beach child support lawyer help you deal with calculating payments.
Virginia statute § 20-108.2 provides a schedule with child support amounts based on the supporting parent’s income and the number of children being supported. The minimum child support payment per month is $65. However, parents who are exempt from this requirement include those:
- Institutionalized in a psychiatric facility
- Under life imprisonment with no chance of parole
- Medically verified as totally and permanently disabled
- Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Virginia Beach child support lawyers can also help parents challenge the child support amounts based on factors listed in VA statute § 20-108.1, such as the following:
- Monetary support for other or former family members
- Costs of visitation travel
- Unemployment or under-employment
- Exorbitant debts arising from the marriage capital gains tax liabilities from selling a family home
- Court-ordered life insurance payments and child educational expenses
- A child’s independent financial resources
- A child’s physical, emotional or medical condition special needs
- Child’s standard of living established during the marriage
- Each parent’s earning capacity, obligations, financial resources and special needs
- Marital property provisions made when property earns income or has an income-earning period
- Tax consequences, such s exemptions, child tax credit or child care credit for dependent children
- Settlement agreement that stipulates child support
- Other necessary factors to make it equitable for parents and children
For excellent legal guidance with child support issues, consult our experienced lawyers at Darrell M. Harding.