Accomplished Lynchburg, Virginia Child Support Lawyer Assists Parents
Virginia firm represents custodial and noncustodial parties
At The Bice Law Group, I am a Lynchburg child support attorney with more than three decades of experience representing custodial and noncustodial parents. After taking the time to learn about your situation, I can explain what the child support obligation in your case would look like under Virginia’s legal standards. My firm also handles negotiations and court proceedings when fairness dictates that other information should be considered when developing a child support order. Whether you are making initial arrangements, seeking to modify an existing order or you require help collecting the payments you are owed, my firm offers exceptional advice and advocacy.
How is child support calculated in Virginia?
Generally, Virginia child support rates reflect a formula that requires a certain percentage of the total parental income to be designated for their child’s needs. Each party’s obligation is calculated based on their share of the total parental income. Health insurance premiums and day-care costs are also factored into the final result. When the child lives primarily with one parent, the other parent is responsible for sending their portion of the overall obligation. After thoroughly reviewing your situation, I can advise you on what the approximate child support amount would be and negotiate provisions to address expenses that fall outside of the standard formula, such as special medical costs and funds for extracurricular activities.
Common issues that affect child support in Lynchburg
After a divorce, disputes between parents could affect child support proceedings. As an experienced Lynchburg family law attorney, I know how to handle disagreements over the accuracy of income information and situations where a parent might not be working in order to reduce their child support responsibility. You can count on my firm to represent your interests with the highest degrees of skill and professionalism.
When does child support end in Virginia?
State law requires parents to make child support payments until their son or daughter turns 18 years old or is granted legal emancipation. However, this obligation can be extended for up to a year if the youth is a full-time high school student. Extensions can also be granted if an adult son or daughter is disabled. In some cases, parents opt to make arrangements concerning higher education costs after their children have reached legal adulthood.
Can child support orders be modified after divorce?
Every three years, either parent has the right to have their child support amount reviewed. When a substantial change occurs before the three-year mark, parents can petition for a modification. Circumstances that warrant an adjustment include an increase or decrease of at least 25 percent in either parent’s income, day-care expenses or health insurance premiums. No matter how compelling the reason, you cannot make the change without authorization from the court. I can prepare the filing and supporting materials if you believe a modification is justified.
Skillful advocate works to collect past due child support
The Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement has several methods of enforcing compliance with existing orders. If you haven’t been receiving full, timely payments, waiting to take action could harm you and your children. My firm can guide you through the different ways to secure past due and retroactive child support, which can include income withholding, suspension of a nonpaying parent’s driver’s license and the initiation of a contempt proceeding in court.
Contact an experienced Virginia lawyer for a free consultation regarding child support
Located in Lynchburg, The Bice Law Group provides comprehensive counsel on Virginia child support matters, including modification and enforcement actions. You can schedule a free initial consultation by calling (434) 528-1500 or contacting me online.