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Father questions child support after child placed in his custody

There is no doubt that parents in Virginia must meet their responsibilities for their children. This includes making court-ordered child support payments. Some parents, however, find it necessary to request a modification — even if it is only a temporary one — of an existing order depending on their individual circumstances. In fact, one father in another state is requesting a modification while the child in question is in his custody full time.

According to reports, the mother of the 2-year-old has primary custody of the child. However, the mother was reportedly discovered in a hot car with the children — as well as one other — after she allegedly overdosed on cocaine. The father of the child in question claims that his son was placed in his custody the same day.

Since then, the mom has been released from prison but the father still has custody of the child. He claims that despite caring for the child, he is still required to pay $1,000 a month in child support. He is asking the court to temporarily modify his child support requirements in the meantime, claiming that it is difficult to meet his financial responsibilities when over $200 is taken from his paycheck every week.

child support decision is an important one to ensure that the needs of the child are met. However, as circumstances change, such as a new parenting arrangement following a parent’s arrest, a modification may be appropriate. Virginia parents who are making an argument for a modification may be unsure of how to do so, prompting them to seek an experienced professional to help them make their argument.

J. Emmette Pilgreen IV
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