Child Support is very often involved as a part of a divorce. Keep in mind that courts award child support outside of marriage as well. The Loudoun County Child Support Attorneys at Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross PLC routinely handle cases establishing child support, enforcing child support orders, and modifying child support. We routinely handle cases that are in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts, cases that are in the Circuit Courts, and administrative cases with the Division of Child Support Enforcement (“DCSE”) of the Department of Social Services (“DSS”). We handle cases that are strictly Virginia cases and also complex multi-state cases involving the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (the “UIFSA”).
Virginia uses a statutory guideline for determining baseline child support, also aptly called “guideline child support.” The guidelines take into account the combined and relative incomes of the parents, work-related child care and day care paid by either or both parents, and health care premiums paid by either or both parents. There are also different ways to calculate guideline support based on sole custody, primary custody, and shared custody. What the guidelines don’t take into account are special circumstances. When special circumstances exist, a deviation from the guidelines may be necessary. At Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross PLC, our attorneys are experienced in litigating and negotiating special circumstances which can include, for example, children with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down syndrome.