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U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Regulations for Military Divorce in Virginia (Part B)

Understanding Child Support Obligations in a Military Divorce
In a military divorce with children, if no court orders have been made indicating the amount of child support to be paid, the Marine Corps and the Navy abide by Navy regulations that stipulate child support payments. Consider speaking to an experienced Virginia divorce attorney that specializes in military divorce to help you understand all the Marine Corps and Navy regulations you'll have to be aware of after your military divorce.

While some circumstances might relieve the military member from paying spousal support, child support must be paid in most cases. 

Your Virginia divorce attorney can help you understand the few situations that might affect Virginia child support obligations:

  • Adoption - if the military member's child has been adopted by another party, the member is relieved of his Virginia child support obligations.
  • Location and welfare - the Navy regulations regarding child support obligations may not be enforced if location and welfare of the child is unknown.
  • Custody - if the spouse requesting Virginia child support payments doesn't have physical custody of the child, the Navy may not impose child support obligations.

Marine Corps and Navy Regulations for Child Support Amounts

The Navy support scale indicates the portion of the military member's gross pay that should be allotted for child support. It's best to enlist in the help of a Virginia divorce attorney to fully understand the Marine Corps and Navy regulations, including those that affect your Virginia child support payments.

Your military spouse's child support obligations include a specified amount of his gross pay to be allotted for child support, in the event that there is no court order.

Marine Corps and Navy regulations define gross pay as a combination of:

  • basic pay;
  • basic allowance for quarters (BAQ); and
  • variable housing allowances (VHA).
Your Virginia divorce attorney can explain the various Marine Corps and Navy regulations that affect your military divorce, such as the amount of child support your spouse should pay when no court ordered child support obligations exist.

Various Marine Corps and Navy regulations are imposed upon a military divorce, adding extra pressures to already-stressful circumstances
. You'll likely want the assistance of a Virginia divorce attorney who can walk you through military procedures during your Virginia divorce.

Contacting a Virginia Divorce Attorney

At this vulnerable time, it's critical that you have exceptional legal representation that not only understands the specifics of your case but is dedicated to your best interests and that of your family.

The Virginia divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law Firm represent Virginia women who wish to file for divorce. We are committed to fighting for your rights, assisting in child custody disputes, and advocating that you receive everything you are entitled to and need in order to start your new life. You can learn more by requesting one of our FREE divorce guides for women, or reserving your seat at our monthly divorce seminar - 757-425-5200.

Charles Hofheimer
A tough, no nonsense Virginia divorce and custody lawyer for women only.