Maureen A. Kersey, PLLC
Attorneys & Counselors at Law
9102 Quarry St.
Manassas, VA 20110
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Serving Families in Prince William County and Fauquier County, Virginia
Your support plans are an important part of your financial future. At the law offices of Maureen A. Kersey, we give you honest answers to your child support and alimony questions, so you can make well-informed decisions as you move forward.
Determining Child Support
In Virginia, child support is determined by application of regulated guidelines. These child support guidelines are based on the gross annual incomes (from all sources) of each parent, taking into account spousal support payments (if applicable), self-employment, work-related day care expenses, health insurance costs and the number of other dependent children. If appropriate, a deviation can be sought for extraordinary circumstances, such as the expenses associated with special needs or serious medical issues.
For parents who are employed, the process of determining child support is fairly straightforward. However, in situations where one or both parents are self-employed, underemployed or unemployed, the establishment of the appropriate income for support calculation purposes can become significantly more complicated. Our Manassas family law attorneys work with families in a variety of situations to ensure that the guidelines are applied in a fair manner, taking into account all appropriate factors. If necessary, we engage the help of forensic accountants and other financial professionals to determine an accurate picture of parental income if one or both parties are self-employed.
Whether you are a custodial or noncustodial parent, we seek to help you understand and protect your rights and obligations regarding child support.
Determining Spousal Support
The decision to award spousal support, or alimony, is impacted most directly by the disparity in the parties' gross annual incomes. It can be set indefinitely or for a specific length of time, depending on the duration of the marriage as well as other factors set forth in the statute. The award of spousal support is a discretionary award, based on the various factors set forth in the statute, and it is therefore critical that an experienced attorney present the evidence as it related to those factors in the light most favorable to your goals. Our lawyers can help you understand what to expect regarding your right to receive or obligation to provide spousal support.
Child and Spousal Support Modifications
As your family and personal situation changes, it may also be appropriate to modify your existing support arrangements. Child support is always reviewable based upon a material change of circumstances (e.g., new dependents, change in custody or work-related day care, disability, unemployment, promotion), and can also be reviewed periodically. Spousal support may or may not be modifiable depending on whether it was court-ordered or achieved through negotiation, and if so, whether the terms permit modification. We help you demonstrate your need for a change to the courts, or defend against a proposed change, and protect your rights throughout the process.
While there are specific guidelines the court typically uses to establish support, there is often some subjectivity in the numbers used to run the guidelines, and it is therefore important to consult an attorney to fully understand the process. Contact us online or call us at 703-791-1892 today to schedule a consultation and learn more.