Virginia Beach Child Support Attorneys
Parents love and want to support their children. However, arriving at child support amounts that are fair and appropriate is not always easy. In fact, when you and your spouse are struggling with divorce, sometimes agreeing on anything can be difficult. Virginia Beach support attorneys have the job of helping parents determine child support payments that meet their children’s basic needs but are still within the parents’ ability to pay. At Shannon & Bedois, P.C., we help parents deal with all kinds of child support issues.
We can help you resolve child support issues outside of court, if that is your objective. we can use mediation or collaborative law to help you settle issues amicably and reach a child support agreement. Virginia courts take a number of factors into consideration and observe the Virginia Uniform Child Support Guidelines. We can discuss these factors and guidelines and how they apply to your situation. However, even if calculations that you and your spouse can agree on do not conform to guidelines, courts generally uphold an agreement reached through a Virginia Beach support attorney.
Keys to successful litigation
If despite settlement attempts, you and your spouse cannot come to terms, we can take your case to trial. Litigation ends with the judge ruling on child support, so it is important to have a strong advocate on your side. In any ruling, the courts consider the child’s best interests and make it priority. When arguing your case, we present the judge with factors relevant to determining child support, such as the following:
- Both parents’ duty to support their child or children
- Costs of the child's basic needs, daycare expenses, and healthcare insurance
- Both parents' incomes
- Number of children
- Custodial time and care spent with the child
- Parent's burden of supporting dependent children from a previous marriage
- Any extraordinary medical expenses for the child
You may need to modify child support agreements or support rulings later on, if circumstances change. An increase in salary, a long-term medical condition that reduces work capability, job loss, or a career shift can change you or your spouse’s support obligations. we can help you request a child support modification through the court.
Contact Shannon & Bedois, P.C.
The support lawyer you choose to represent you plays a vital role in the outcome of your case. As your Virginia Beach support attorneys, we strive to provide you with the level of representation I would expect if we were in your shoes. Contact us today for a free consultation about your child support case.