Child support is defined as a fixed payment that is paid per a certain period by a parent of a child. This is done when a marriage is terminated between two parties and the guardian of the child by law will not support the child alone but the other party will have to offer support as well. This support is done solely for the child’s benefit. In the state of Virginia, a court of law will decide which party of a terminated marriage will have custody of a child if it’s full legal custody and the other party will have to pay periodically to support the child.
Normally, in the state of Virginia, child support is paid by a certain party until the child reaches the age of 18 to 19 years old. That is the case when the child does not have any mental or physical conditions. If the child has physical or mental conditions, the party paying child support will continue doing so even if the child passed the age of 19 years old. The party paying child support is mandatory on one of the parents who did not win the custody of the child.
In the state of Virginia, child support is retained through a Virginia’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. This is done when both parents agree on the amount of child support given and by who it will be given before their divorce is finalized. When parents do not agree on the amount paid for child support and who will pay it, the plaintiff between the two parents which is the party filing for the child support case must fill an application with information needed by the court. This application is then submitted to Virginia’s Division of Child Support Enforcement. This division will either force child support on the parent which did not win the custody of the child when he/ she divorce his/ her former spouse or, in the case of a child from two unmarried parents, decide which parent is more suitable for custody and then force child support on the other parent.
A judge in a Virginia’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in the state of Virginia will decide on the amount of child support that the parent with no child custody should pay by considering a number of factors.
These factors include but are not limited to the following:
- The income of the non-custodial parent;
- Fees for the center that takes care of the child throughout the day such as a daycare;
- The child’s normal expenses;
- Health expenses such as medical insurance expenses; and
- The benefits that the child is receiving such as social security.
The judge in a Virginia’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will review the factors again after three years and will continue doing so every three years until child support is no longer needed. Child support will no longer be needed when the child passes the age of 19 years old is becomes fully capable of affording the living expenses by himself/ herself. An exception in such case would be if the child is mentally or physically incapable of affording his/ her living expenses even though he/ she passed the age of 19 years old.
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