Virginia Child Custody & Virginia Child Support
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Virginia Child Custody:
Virginia courts determine all custody issues as a function of the best interests of the children. The courts will consider all relevant facts, while giving the father and mother the same consideration regardless of the childs sex or age. Either a sole or joint custody decision will be reached. The factors the court will consider include, among others: childrens age, their health, their wishes, the parental roles, and other needs of the children.
Virginia Child Support:
Child support in Virginia is determined in accordance with the Income Shares Model for child support, where each parents income is considered in relative proportion. The support amounts calculated from each parent then help decide which parent must pay the other in order to maintain this proportion and provide for the needs of the child.
These guidelines are not always followed, but a decision to follow a different standard will require supportive evidence showing 1) all the factors that affect the parties financial obligations differently from what the Income Shares Model would deem appropriate, and 2) how applying a different standard would more effectively preserve the best interests of the child.
Some other factors that the courts will consider in determining child support may include:
- Monetary support provided for other family members;
- Debts arising for the benefit of the child during the marriage;
- Imputed income to a party who is voluntarily unemployed for the childs benefit;
- Court-ordered payments for health care or education for the childs benefit;
- Childrens independent financial resources, if any;
- Education, training, and/or career opportunities of the parties and/or ability to pursue those opportunities; and
- A written agreement between the parties on the amount of child support, if any such agreement exists.
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