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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Virginia on
Q: This past June my daughter turned 18 here in the state of Virginia. She graduated from High School in May.

This past June my daughter turned 18 here in the state of Virginia. She graduated from High School in May. She moves into her apartment next month (Sept). I am veteran and my daughter will be going to school on my GI Bill and Virginia disability Dependent College program. Her mother has... Read more »

James H. Wilson Jr.
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James H. Wilson Jr.
answered on Aug 15, 2022

Child support in Virginia can only be awarded retroactively to the date that the petition was filed in the case of an original determination, or when motion to modify was filed and served on the payer parent in the case of an attempt to change support. The fact that a parent earned more during a... Read more »

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Q: The judge ordered my boyfriend to pay 60,000.00 in back child support or 180 days in jail for show cause

He doesn't have that much money it was promised to be paid by a mutual friend

Miles Derek Franklin
Miles Derek Franklin
answered on Aug 3, 2022

Orders to pay child support are targeted specifically at the parent but depending on how your mutual friend promised to pay, there may be an enforceable contract to obtain the necessary funds. An enforceable contract would require that your friend agreed, in writing, to pay your boyfriend's... Read more »

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Q: Am I obligated to pay medical bill for child if I’m the non custodial parent without a child support order?

I was recently the physical custodian. Son decided to move with dad. Dad has never carried insurance or paid any medical bills in the past. The current bill is the dads girl friends name. And she keeps asking for the money and threatening court.

Sonja Aoun
Sonja Aoun
answered on Jan 4, 2022

Generally speaking, if there is no order requiring you to pay for the health care costs, then there is no obligation to do so. If the child's father seeks court assistance, he could get an order that requires payment of health care costs that are not reimbursed by an insurance plan. However,... Read more »

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Q: Can I make my sons father pay 10 years of back child support?

I have a court ordered child support order which has been in effect since my son was 1 years old. His father abandoned him after losing the case and tired to jump back into his life at the age of 11. He claimed he would help out. Last year I put the 10 year old chip support order into action with... Read more »

Sonja Aoun
Sonja Aoun
answered on Dec 17, 2021

It sounds like you should be able to enforce the original order and sue for the full amount of child support owed. If the court has not made any changes to the original order, then he will have to pay.

In order to fully answer your question, an attorney would need the specific details of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Virginia on
Q: Can child support be decided upon outside of court in VA?

My wife and I are getting a divorce in VA, we have 2 kids, and we are both very high income earners. This is amicable, there's no fighting or hostility. We have agreed to joint custody. We both would like to have an agreement to split all costs 50/50, verses a set amount of child support. We... Read more »

James H. Wilson Jr.
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James H. Wilson Jr.
answered on Nov 19, 2021

Spouses can enter into enforceable written marital agreements in Virginia, also known as separation agreements, property settlement agreements, and agreements and stipulations when they address the incidents of separation and divorce. Ultimately, the parties cannot bind a judge by contract on the... Read more »

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Q: My son’s mother has a child support order established in Brooklyn. She just moved to NC. I live in VA. How do we move it

I want the order moved to NC or VA. I also just lost my job and plan to put a stop order on the order until I find a new job. I always pay my child support, however I think my new job will be less money and would like a modification. Will they base the number on NY or will they base it on NC or VA

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
answered on Jun 3, 2021

When a court issues a child support order, that court has exclusive continuing jurisdiction to modify that order so long as someone continues to live in the state.

Unlike custody that follows the child, the new jurisdiction to modify support cannot be determined until someone wants to...
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Q: I live in Virginia. Can the interest be waived on child support in arrears by the custodial parent? My kids are over 18

When one of my sons turned 15 he lived with me and my other son lived with my ex. We went to court an agreed that she would take care of one son and I would the other. Current child support would end then. I would just have to pay what was in arrears. I believe that child support was still charging... Read more »

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
answered on Jun 2, 2021

Va. Code § 20-60.3 "14. Notice that in determination of a support obligation, the support obligation as it becomes due and unpaid creates a judgment by operation of law. The order shall also provide, pursuant to § 20-78.2, for interest on the arrearage at the judgment rate as established by... Read more »

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Q: I owe over 14,000 in child support arrears and our kids are all over 19. Can i get it reduced or waived?

Most of the arrears that i owe is because i was out of work because i could not afford to work. The first couple of years that i paid child support my bring home checks after taxes and child support was deducted i only brought home $0.14 a week. Is there anything i can do?

Sonja Aoun
Sonja Aoun
answered on Apr 23, 2021

A court cannot grant you relief from an arrearage in child support. It is very important to make sure you making at least some contribution to the debt so you are not held in contempt of court. If your wages are being garnished, there are limits to the amount that can be withheld by law. An... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Virginia on
Q: I have joint custody and pay child support. The mother is withholding the kids. Can I put child support in escrow?

On 1/25/2021, the court ruled on joint custody and child support. The mother found out I am in a new relationship and now refuses to adhere to the legal agreement and is demanding I bring her everything in my home I bought our kids. She never fully complied with the order; I do not know where she... Read more »

Gary D. Godman
Gary D. Godman
answered on Mar 25, 2021

It's a good theory but ultimately not allowed - support and visitation are two separate issues in the eyes of the court. Support should still be paid as ordered, and a show-cause may be appropriate for the violation of the visitation order. Speak with a local family law attorney about how to... Read more »

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Q: My child's father has asked me to not file for child support, however, he will not help financially. What do I do?

His father barely sees him, and does not want to help financially, even though he said he would. He never offers anything and doesn't even help buy him anything. I don't know what I am supposed to do anymore.

James H. Wilson Jr.
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James H. Wilson Jr.
answered on Mar 23, 2021

Both parents have a legal duty to support their children. Child support is paid to the parent with primary physical custody or the parent to him a support obligation is owed under the shared custody guidelines computations. A child support case can be initiated in the Commonwealth of Virginia in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Virginia on
Q: How do I prepare for a hearing over mutually agreed upon child support and custody in official divorce decree?

My ex spouse filed for child support before we divorced (I have made every payment) and during our divorce we renegotiated our payments VIA our LAWYERS. I filed the official divorce decree that was signed by a JUDGE with the juvenile court in Chesapeake, VA which I was told to do by my lawyers so... Read more »

James H. Wilson Jr.
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James H. Wilson Jr.
answered on Mar 16, 2021

Parents cannot effectively bargain away their children's rights to child support. While a court will consider a written agreement between the parties, it is not binding on the court, and the court can order whatever amount is deemed appropriate after calculating the presumptively correct... Read more »

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Q: I have a court date for child support from California but neither of us live there anymore, what happens next?

My ex filed for child support in the state of California but moved to a different state. I’m suppose to have a court hearing but I no longer reside in California either. I’m unsure of what I should do.

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
answered on Mar 2, 2021

Move to dismiss the CA matter for lack of jurisdiction under UIFSA.

The other party, as the petitioning party, has to refile where you live as the responding party.

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Q: If someone hasn’t paid child support in over a year and is now trying to get unsupervised visits, would he have to pay
Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
answered on Feb 22, 2021

Visitation and child support are entirely separate matters. One is not conditioned on the other.

Visitation proceeds as ordered without regard to child support payments.

If you want the child support, file a motion to compel payments.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Virginia on
Q: Can the NC parent add our daughter to his insurance if I have legal custody and already carry coverage?

Recently, I reopened a CS order due to 1.5 years of non-payment based on a mutual agreement with the NC parent. Now that he is being legally ordered to pay CS, he mentioned adding our daughter to his health insurance. Since he is unable to make legal decisions based on the custody order, I... Read more »

Kelly L. Vasta
Kelly L. Vasta
answered on Feb 19, 2021

In order to properly answer your question, there is more information that is needed. I would recommend that you consult with an experienced family law attorney to review the current issues you are facing with the child support and health insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Virginia on
Q: Judgement in va ordered to pay . Hearing that defendant ordered to pay (was not notified of the hearing)

Why no record of service at clerks office . After receiving judgement order to pay attorney fees. Not only not notified of hearing but judge wrote no reason for judgement.

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
answered on Feb 10, 2021

In Virginia, a judge will not enter a judgment against the defendant unless there is proof of service on the defendant. You may want to go to the Court to review the file or hire an attorney to review the file for you.

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Q: Can a parent and their lawyer refuse to sign the court order if they don’t agree with the judgement

Kid’s mom and lawyer refuse to sign child support order, because it didn’t go her way.

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
answered on Jan 20, 2021

They can refuse to sign. If that case, a hearing is docketed for entry of the order.

The order need only reflect what the judge ruled. Not what the parties wanted the judge to rule.

If the parties disagree with the ruling, they file an appeal to have the ruling reviewed.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Virginia on
Q: Can the arrears that I owe in child support be forgiven by my child, who is now 20 and self sufficient?

My daughter is 20 and lives with me. I've been paying child support on her since the support order was put in place. The only exception to that was a 4 year period of incarnation, which is why I have arrears. She doesn't receive any of the arrears, but she hates that I'm still having... Read more »

James D. Williams
James D. Williams
answered on Jan 5, 2021

Child support can come from either a court order or through the Division of Child Support Enforcement. If it's not through one of these channels but by maybe an oral or mutual agreement of the parents, then you'll generally have more flexibility. If your child support comes from the court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: At my last court hearing my arrears were 7177.00 and child support was paid up to current & case dismissed w/o prejudice

If we verbally agreed with witnesses no arrears were owed.. and 5 years later after I got custody back.. can she use dcse to try to obtain arrears.. when the case was never ever thru dcse??

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
answered on Dec 26, 2020

I regret that I do not handle child support matters, divorce cases or any domestic relations matters. Sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Virginia on
Q: Can my child continue to receive child support payments after 18 if he has had an IEP since PreK

He will be attending college in the fall but will continue living at home.

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
answered on Nov 30, 2020

The court shall also order that support will continue to be paid for any child over the age of 18 who is (i) a full-time high school student, (ii) not self-supporting, and (iii) living in the home of the party seeking or receiving child support until such child reaches the age of 19 or graduates... Read more »

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Q: Can I get a show cause issued in VA if order for child support is out of HI and ex husband lives in Ohio?

Our divorce was finalized in Hawaii, I and my kids moved to VA and my ex is now living in Ohio. He is ordered to pay a certain amount, and doesn't. Can I get a show cause hearing scheduled? I went to my clerks office and they said that they "don't know" because the decree is out of Hawaii.

Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
answered on Nov 30, 2020

The short answer is "no." Va. does not have jurisdiction over the father.

Under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, UIFSA, you would register the HI order for enforcement in OH.

Then, file a rule in Ohio, which does have personal jurisdiction.

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