A divorce can be especially difficult for any Virginian children involved. As parents fight, a sense of insecurity may grip the children, and they may wonder who will take care of their educational needs. What about medical expenses? These are some of the thoughts that may hover in their minds, as their parents fight it out in the courts. In the best interest of the child, the U.S. courts, including those in Virginia, order that one parent should provide financial assistance in the form of child support payments.
Who is eligible to apply for child support? The custodial parent of the child, the parent who provides physical shelter for the child, is entitled to apply for child support. The non-custodial parent of the child can also apply for child support in certain circumstances. If a child is over 18 years of age and some payments are owed to you, then you may also apply for child support.
To apply for child support, call the customer service center of the Virginia Department of Social Services. You can also visit the child support office in your area and ask for an application package. You will need the following documents: a picture ID, the your social security number and the child's number, the child's birth certificate, copies of previous child support orders, copies of visitation orders and the most recent paycheck you have received.
The local department of child support should also be aware if you are in the process of getting a divorce. Then only the department will be able to process your application. You will need to provide complete information about yourself. It may be pointed out that both job and home information are provided in all child support orders. If there is any concern about your safety, you need to ask for an affidavit of non-disclosure from the department.
Source: DSS.Virginia.gov, "Child Support and You," accessed on Sept. 29, 2014