Top Rated Child Support Attorneys Providing Guidance and Protecting Your Rights During Difficult Times. Serving Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.
Questions about your rights to child support? Contact our office today or schedule a free initial consultation.
Each state provides its own guidelines to calculate the necessary amount of child support per child. In Virginia, the calculations factor in each parent’s gross income, the health insurance costs for the child, and any work-related childcare expenses. Child support must be paid until the child either reaches the age of majority, 18, or until they graduate high school, whichever happens later.
In addition, the court will consider certain factors to determine whether any deviation from the guidelines is necessary. Virginia Code Section 20-108.1 lists the following factors for the court’s consideration:
Children with special needs may be entitled to child support after turning 18 as well. In addition, the court may adjust spousal support where appropriate.
Any signed agreement to deviate from the child support guidelines can also have an impact on your case. Before making any agreements, you should consult with an experienced child support lawyer about your case.
Although no lawyer can guarantee a particular result in your case, they can provide guidance as far as how each factor may impact your case. A child support lawyer can also advise you regarding recent decisions in your local jurisdiction.
Anytime a child support matter is initiated, you can request a temporary order to begin support payments while the case is pending. In some situations, the court may order a contribution to your attorney’s fees as well.
A final child support order will date back to the initial date of filing and the court will determine whether any arrearage is owed for the time period while the matter was pending. The court can also determine whether a credit is owed, if a party has overpaid their support obligations.
Child support will be impacted by custody and visitation orders depending on whether the parties have shared custody. Custodial arrangements where the visiting parent has 90 days or more of visitation per year will adjust the child support calculation.
At Melone Hatley, P.C., our child support lawyers will guide you through this difficult time and obtain the best possible outcome for your Child Support needs. Contact our office today to schedule a free initial consultation with a Child Support Lawyer.
“I hired Rebecca Melone to assist my small business in developing a new contract. She was so easy to talk to, definitely not your stereotype attorney type. She was so down to earth and offered so many suggestions for my business. I was so impressed with her that I just decided to have her write up a new contract all together, which she did in record breaking speed. Whatever your legal issue is, I would recommend Rebecca Melone hands down.”
“I was seeking for an attorney to help me with my child custody/support and Ms. Melone was great. Right from the beginning, she responded very promptly and professionally. She listened to everything I had to say and gave me great honest advice on all concerns I had. At the end everything turned out in my favor. She was awesome!”
“Rebecca proved to be a consummate professional when handling my case, and minimized the damage so that I could move on after my mistake and get on with my life.”
“Rebecca went above and beyond to help me with my case, not only that but she stayed level headed in every stressful situation we came across. She explained everything to me in terms that I could understand and kept me up to date on what was going on with my case.”
“I hired Rebecca for my divorce. Rebecca was very informative, professional and responded to any of my questions in a prompt manner. I was very impressed by the services rendered. My divorce process was as painless and stress-free as could be. I Would definitely recommend her to anyone I know.”
“Rebecca Melone was a great choice for handling our divorce. Reasonable and clear-cut fee and responsive service. I’ll definitely use her in the future should the need arise. Thanks Rebecca!”
“I received top quality legal service and advice from Rebecca and her team. She was extremely knowledgeable and experienced in all matters as the case evolved. I felt like I was in great hands the entire time. The case was settled with a positive outcome. I would highly recommend this law firm!”
“Very prompt in answering calls and replying to email, found her competitively priced and overall gets the job done in a professional and time-sensitive way.”
“We were very prepared the day of the hearing and she stayed with me for several hours until we successfully completed the process and got all the necessary paperwork done.”
“Rebecca is very knowledgeable and helped me with a cross state custody case. She is very easy to work with, got things done quickly, and helped me get the results I was looking for.”