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What are some facts about child support?

If you have a child and are no longer in a relationship with your child's other parent, you may be dealing with child support. Child support is a payment made by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent to help pay for the child's needs. According to the Virginia Department of Social Services, when figuring child support, the court considers many factors, such as childcare expenses, health insurance expenses, the number of children and the incomes of both parents.

You will get child support until your child turns 18 in most cases, but there are some situations where you may continue to receive it even after your child turns 18. It depends on what is stated in your court order, and state law says support must continue to age 19 if the child is still in high school. It also depends if back support is owed. That obligation does not go away when a child turns 18. In addition, if you have more than one child, the support may not automatically go down when one child turns 18. Support may also stop if parental rights are terminated for any reason, such as adoption, but this is not always automatic and is up to the court to decide.

If you are paying support and lose your job, it is up to you to request a review. You can get a review due to losing a job or you can request one every three years. Your support requirements do not change automatically because you lose a job. If you receive support and suddenly it stops coming, you should notify your local child support office. You should wait ten days after the due date before reporting to allow for mail or other delays. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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