Child and Spousal Support/Alimony
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In Virginia, whether married or not, parents are obligated to provide financial assistance for the benefit of their children. However, as opposed to child support, spousal support does not have strict guidelines or formulas that the parties and/or the Court can rely on. If you have any concerns about how child or spousal support is calculated, what your child support obligation might be, or if you believe you are entitled to receive child or spousal support, the attorneys at Garriott Maurer, PLLC are here to help.
Child support is calculated according to the Virginia Child Support Guidelines and is to be paid until a child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, unless there are extenuating circumstances such as the disability of a child. The amount of child support to be paid by one parent is primarily based on the following:
- The monthly gross incomes of the parties
- The parenting schedule sets forth the specific amount of time each parent has their child in a given year
- The work-related childcare costs of the parties
- The cost of medical insurance for the child
These figures, among others if applicable, are entered into a guideline worksheet and the amount of child support is calculated. The guidelines amount is the presumptively correct amount of child support to be paid. The Court can deviate from this amount if certain factors or circumstances exist.
After the entry of a child support order, support can be modified based upon a material change in circumstances. A material change can be a change in income for either party, an increase in child care or insurance costs, a change in the parenting schedule, and so forth.
Spousal support is the amount of support that one spouse pays to the other based on several factors under Virginia law. The amount and duration of spousal support can be agreed upon by two parties or determined by a Court. In deciding on spousal support, the Court relies on many factors including the length of the parties’ marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage, and the financial resources of the parties, among others.
Hiring Garriott Maurer, PLLC child support lawyers will help in:
Filing paperwork correctly
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Securing eligible support
Get the maximum eligible support that will allow you to financially support your children’s future.
Ensuring tension-free settlement
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