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How Is the Amount of Child Support Calculated in Virginia? (Part A)

Going through a Virginia divorce can put a financial strain on the whole family. Whereas both parents used to live together and contribute to the lifestyle of the entire family, they must now pay for separate residences and expenses. Both parents are also responsible for financially supporting their children after a divorce.

Child support is determined after child custody.
The parent who receives physical custody of the children (known as the "custodial parent") may be awarded child support by the "noncustodial parent."

If the parents do not come to court with an agreement on the child support amount, the judge may use a mathematical formula in order to calculate the amount of Virginia child support that must be paid. Factors such as both parents' incomes, health care expenses, and day care costs are taken into account when determining the child support amount.

If you are currently going through a Virginia divorce and have children, you should consult with an experienced Virginia divorce attorney who understands child custody and child support issues. 

Your lawyer can walk you through the divorce process to ensure the best interests of both you and your children are protected. In some cases, a child support agreement can be worked out even before going to court.

How Is the Amount of Child Support Calculated in Virginia?

When calculating the Virginia child support amount, the judge will look at each parent's gross income, including:
  • Salary
  • Wages
  • Royalties
  • Commissions
  • Bonuses
  • Severance Pay
  • Interest
  • Trust Fund
  • Annuities
  • Unemployment insurance benefits
  • Spousal support
  • Rental income
  • Prizes (such as lottery winnings)
  • Awards

Forms of income not included when calculating child support includes public assistance and social services benefits, supplemental security income (SSI) benefits, and child support received from another parent.

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