Child support is awarded to a parent after a custody and visitation determination has been made, whether temporary or permanent. The idea behind child support is an acknowledgment that parents are obligated to financially support their children with their basic needs such as housing, food and other basic necessities. Above and beyond basic necessities, additional issues that are related to child support may include extracurricular activities or school fees and tuition.
In West Virginia, the courts use a statutory formula for determining child support. Factors that are considered include the number of children, parties’ income, other child support obligations, spousal support and day care costs. Getting the advice from an attorney to help you work through these factors is critical to making sure you receive or pay an appropriate amount of child support. For example, income from self-employed individuals or business owners can be complex and vary significantly depending on your perspective.