The Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) in Virginia plays a pivotal role in child support payments. The majority of child support cases in the state are commenced with an application for child support being completed and submitted to a local branch of the DCSE. This group can also help to:
- Establish paternity of a child;
- Establish support obligations;
- Collect and distribute support;
- Enforce support.
Any person or agency that has physical custody of a child can apply for services through the DCSE by completing an application. The only way the DCSE will become involved in a spousal support issue is if it figures into a child support order. If there are any changes in the physical custody of the child or address changes, the DCSE must be notified immediately.
The DCSE does not deal with problems concerning actual custody or visitation. When those problems arise, it is best to seek advice and guidance from an attorney. If a payor of child support withholds payment, the DCSE has means by which it can try to collect those payments — primarily by garnishing a payor’s income.
Child support in Virginia can be a complex and complicated issue. There are many factors that can come into play and residents who are affected by child support and who have unanswered questions regarding bodies like the DCSE can get answers from an experienced lawyer. The same holds true for an individual who disagrees with a judge’s child support decision and wants to investigate whether the decision can be appealed.