Children always need to be supported, and this also means financially. Even when Virginia parents divorce, they need to ensure their children’s basic needs are being met, and a child support order is put into place to see to that. However, the order that was issued when the divorce first occurred may not be enough years later. Luckily, it is possible to have a child support order modified if there is good reason to do so.
Why make adjustments?
There are several reasons a child support order might be modified. Here are some of those reasons:
- A child must be added to the order because of birth or a physical custody change.
- The order has not been reviewed for a modification in at least 36 months.
- Health care coverage needs to be considered in the order.
- The order doesn’t include reimbursement for dental or medical care.
- Eligibility for support has ended either because there has been a physical custody change or because of emancipation.
- There has been a change of 25% or more in either parent’s income.
- There has been a change in health care premiums of 25% of more.
- There has been a change in the custodial parent’s work-related child expenses by 25% or more.
Seeking a modification
In Virginia, a request for a child custody modification order must be made in writing and signed by the parent requesting the change. The request must be accompanied by an explanation as to why the parent is seeking the change. A Request for Review and Adjustment form can be filled out and filed with the district office managing the child support case, or the request can also be made with an informal letter.
Any parent in Virginia who believes a child support modification would be in the best interests of his or her children can ask for an adjustment. A successful outcome could rest on the reasons for seeking that adjustment. No parent has to seek this request alone since an experienced family law attorney may be able to help.