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Determining Child Support In West Virginia

At McPhail Law, our attorneys help parents understand how West Virginia’s child support formula works and how it will apply to them. Providing clarity so you understand your financial obligations is key to ensuring parents comply with court orders and effectively provide for their children.

To learn more about child support obligations, call our law firm today at 304-907-0506 to schedule a consultation.

West Virginia, like most other states, uses a formula to determine child support obligations. It takes into account certain factors to come up with numbers that are affordable for each parent while ensuring the children’s needs are met. Those factors include:

  • Where the child will live
  • Each parent’s income
  • The child’s needs, including health insurance, education, clothing and food

As your lawyer, we can help you understand how the formula will apply to your unique financial situation, and if there are any opportunities for deductions or additions.

When Can I Modify My Child Support Order?

Family courts in West Virginia require a substantial change in circumstances to change a child support order. This usually occurs when one parent either receives a large increase in income or a substantial decrease in income. This can come from a raise, job loss, disability, oil and gas royalties, or a medical emergency.

The child’s needs can also change, requiring a modification of support. This can include the need for increased health care spending or enrolling in a new school.

Call Our Office Today To Learn More

While the state uses a formula to determine child support, it may not necessarily make sense. Call McPhail Law in Wheeling to schedule a consultation and learn more. Call 304-907-0506 or contact us online.