Williamsburg, VA asked in Child Support for Virginia

Q: Is child support in Virginia automatically reduced by half when one of two children turns 18?

One of two children turned 18. Wife reduced child support payments to half without filing for a change.

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Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
  • Vienna, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: The short answer is "no." Child support increases at a decreasing rate. For example, one child may be $100, two children are $150, and three children are $175.

Also, it takes an order to change an order.

Use the occasion of the child turning 18 as a material change of circumstances to recalculate child support based upon current incomes, parenting time, daycare costs, and health insurance costs.

File your petition as soon as possible as the court can only retroactively apply the new amount back to the date of filing.

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