The income of the two spouses has impacts in many different key issues in Virginia divorces, including child support issues. Under the state's child support guidelines, among the main figures courts use in calculating child support obligations are the gross incomes of the two parents.
There are a great many blended families here in the United States. A 2015 Pew Research Center report estimated that around one-sixth of children reside with a stepparent, half-sibling or step-sibling.
Many things can impact what kinds of financial concerns parents have regarding their children. One such thing is if their child has special needs. Children with disabilities can have many care needs that carry added expenses. Meeting these added costs is critical for parents in ensuring their children gets the care and support they need.
Child care expenses can reach pretty high levels for parents. Just how high depends on many things. This includes where a person lives, as average costs of child care vary quite a bit from state to state.
Generally, when setting child support in divorce cases, Virginia courts use the state's child support guidelines. Many things impact what sort of child support arrangement will end up being reached under these guidelines. This includes what happens with other major issues in a divorce.
Child support payments can have major impacts for parents. So, whether a parent is receiving or making such payments, he or she may wonder how long such payments are to continue. We will now go over when child support obligations generally end here in Virginia.
Generally speaking, divorces are much like business deals. Many components are subject to negotiation, including child support. In our experience, we find that divorcing parties enjoy a number of benefits when an agreement can be reached on support, even if the final amount may be less than allowed by Virginia law. Indeed, agreeing to a lower amount isn’t likely (or required), but this post will identify a number of benefits to compromising on support obligations.