Child support decisions in Virginia are based on state guidelines, with the noncustodial parent typically contributing child support to the parent with primary physical custody. Some leeway is allowed for special circumstances, and the presence of an attorney well-versed in Virginia child support case law is a powerful advantage in presenting these circumstances.
At The Laurel Brigade Law Group, we represent both sides in child support and spousal support (alimony) deliberations. We seek to present your finances in the most logical and most reasonable light. Many support cases are disputed, typically with regard to what money is deemed “income” and the cost of child care, both of which factor into the guideline calculation.
Another issue that is sometimes litigated is whether or not one party is either voluntarily unemployed or under employed; when this is the case, income can be “imputed” to that individual. Imputation cases require expert testimony, and we have a network of resources for competent and experienced professionals who can handle the job. Our experience allows us to fully analyze your situation and present the numbers in ways that are most advantageous to you.
The level of representation we provide is important because child support issues, and especially spousal support, are often contentious issues. Neither side wants to give ground in these critical disputes. Having an assertive, knowledgeable lawyer in your corner is your best protection against an undesired outcome.
In addition, we are experienced in drawing up recommendations that depart from state guidelines. This is very important when a child has special needs or a medical condition that requires expensive treatment.
We also assist with later modifications to child support and spousal support orders based on changes in income, child care costs or other personal circumstances. Furthermore, we are able to help you collect a child support arrearage if the other party has failed to pay.
We are likewise skilled in the full range of spousal support options, and effective in obtaining the numbers that align with your interests.
To discuss your financial options in divorce, call to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys. Call our Leesburg offices at 703-777-6161 or email us a description of the problem that concerns you.