Virginia residents would agree that divorce can be very difficult on everyone, especially the children. While parents battle in a court, children may be having a difficult time. They face emotional and financial insecurity about who they will be living with when the divorce is final. In the best interests of the child, the court often orders one parent to pay child support and the other parent to assume child custody.
Once the child's paternity is established, the court orders child support. Child support payments are defined in this order. In the child support order, the court may also specify the amount of health insurance that needs to be paid by the parent. If there is any change in the address of the custodial or non-custodial parent, that parent needs to report it to the child support office.
The amount of child support that will be paid is determined by the guidelines that have been approved by the General Assembly of Virginia. While determining the amount, the court takes into consideration several factors, such as the parent's earnings and the child's needs. There are other factors that may impact childcare and the health insurance premium of the child, and the other children of the payer.
However, it is not necessary that the child support order have the stamp of approval of the court. The Virginia Department of Social Services may also establish the court order. That is usually a faster process. However, certain circumstances require that the child support order be approved by the court. This may happen if the child has financial resources independent of the parents. If the supporting parent finds that it is very difficult to make the child support payments on time, modification of the child support agreement is an option. If that happens, that parent must make an appeal in court.
Source: DSS.Virginia.gov, "Child Support and You," Accessed on Nov. 1, 2014