Lawyer for Alimony and Child Support in Newport News, VA
Legal solutions to ensure your welfare and your children's welfare
The Commonwealth of Virginia, like many other states, has precise formulas it uses to calculate the amount of alimony and child support a noncustodial parent must pay. The purpose is to standardize child support decisions, to eliminate wild fluctuations from one case to another or from one judge to another. The Law Offices of Timothy H. Hankins delves deeply into the facts of your case. After more than 30 years of practice, we've learned how to eliminate surprises and get the results you deserve.
How your Virginia alimony and child support attorney can help you
An experienced attorney can help you obtain a fair order for alimony and child support and later seek a reasonable modification when changed circumstances demand it. One way support payments get skewed is if a spouse has successfully hidden financial assets or income so they are not figured in the award. Timothy H. Hankins uses skilled forensic accountants who can identify any suspicious fund transfers that might tip off hidden assets.
After a judgment of divorce, payor spouses may go through economic changes that make the amount of support they've been asked to pay too burdensome. Breadwinners who lose employment may petition the court to modify their support payments to reflect their current economic circumstances. Likewise, if the recipient spouse has remarried or obtained gainful employment, there may no longer be any need for alimony. As a full-service family law firm, Timothy H. Hankins represents payor parents seeking child support modifications, and payee parents opposing them. As an alimony attorney, Mr. Hankins represents parties in spousal support modifications in Hampton, Newport News and nearby cities.
Virginia's zealous pursuit of delinquent child support
The Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) aggressively pursues noncustodial parents who evade child support. Once DCSE locates a delinquent parent, it takes steps to enforce a variety of sanctions:
- Tax refunds: DCSE can intercept state and federal income tax refunds
- Liens: DCSE can place liens on personal property or real estate
- Credit ratings: DCSE reports past due child support to credit bureaus, which can damage a child custody evader's credit score
- Assets: DCSE may confiscate or garnish financial assets, such as bank CDs, stocks, bonds, retirement funds or savings accounts
- Licenses: Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend the driver's license of a child custody evader
Delinquent parents who continue to evade child support payments may face contempt of court charges that involve jail time.
Contact a support attorney in Hampton, Newport News & nearby cities
If you have questions about alimony and child support in Virginia, call Timothy H. Hankins at 757-525-9883 or contact our office online to schedule a free initial consultation.