Here is the process for obtaining custody and child support as an unmarried parent in Virginia, as well as the rights of each parent.
How Child Support Is Enforced in Virginia
If you and your spouse are getting divorced and have children together, it’s important to understand how child support in Virginia is enforced.
DCSE vs. Court Order: How Should I Obtain Child Support?
Whether you’re going through a divorce or are unmarried and simply need to set fair terms with your child’s other natural (or adoptive) parent, you may find you need to establish an order of child support. To obtain child support in Virginia, you can either apply through the Commonwealth’s Department of Social Services, Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE), or by opening up a case directly with your local court. Here’s what you need to … Read More
Juvenile vs. Circuit Court: Where Should I File for Support?
If you are not yet eligible for divorce but need interim support, you may be able to obtain a support order in Virginia’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.