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Can Child Support Be Reduced?
Can your child support be reduced? You love your children and are doing your best to provide for them financially. Of course, you would never want them to do without the things they need. The child support you are paying now was based on your income at the time it was court ordered. But if your circumstances have changed since then, modifications to your child support obligation may be possible. Under specific circumstances such as a job change, lowered income, medical problems, your child(ren) turning 18, or the other parent earning a higher income, you may be entitled to a child support modification reducing your child support obligation.
Virginia Child Support Law
Virginia law allows for modification of child support upon a material change in circumstances. Your child support obligation may be reduced in the event that you have experienced an involuntary reduction of income. For instance, perhaps you were laid off or your hours were reduced, or you’ve developed a medical issue that interferes with your ability to work. Generally speaking, voluntary reductions in income, such as quitting a job or working fewer hours, will not warrant a reduction in child support.
Modifying Child Support
To begin the process of requesting a modification of a child support obligation, a motion must be filed in the court that issued the original order. If the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) was involved in your original case, DCSE will likely continue to be involved in your case and your hearing will need to be set on the DCSE docket. In preparation for court, you will need to gather documentation regarding your income, proof of child support payments, and other financial statements, as well as evidence regarding the material change in circumstances.
Experienced Child Support Attorney
The Manassas Law Group’s experienced family and child support attorneys can assist you in this complex process. We’ve helped families in Manassas, Prince William County, and the surrounding area for decades.
With over 50 years of experience dedicated to family law with a focus on litigation, our attorneys can guide you through the modification process. To discuss whether you may qualify for a modification in your child support obligation, call us at 703-659-0484 to set up a consultation for one of our attorneys to evaluate of your unique situation or send us a message on our contact form.