At this point we have covered all the basics of establishing child support, and some of the intermediate aspects, too. Here are my closing thoughts.
I decided to start with child support because it is the easiest part of family law to do as an attorney. If these posts have made it sound complicated then I welcome you to imagine how bad it gets when we get to the really complicated stuff, like equitable distribution. This is why attorneys are important; I do these things all the time and I know all these rules and a few others that I did not think it worth mentioning because they come up so infrequently. This series has also looked at just the dry rules, but there is a lot more that goes into it when you are in an actual courtroom. Knowing the judge and the best way to get him or her to see things from your point of view is a skill learned by experience and it can have almost as much of an impact on the outcome of a case as knowing the rules themselves. For this reason the practice of law is like most things in life: you can do it yourself, but you will almost certainly get better results by consulting a professional.
Please enjoy this disclaimer: The content of this post, indeed of all of my posts, is intended to reference only Virginia law. I am writing this blog to give some idea of the complexities that can underlie family law issues in Virginia and in no way am I giving anyone legal advice here. While I hope these posts will be informative, no one should feel entitled to rely on the information presented here as an authoritative source. Anyone facing a legal issue is well advised to speak to a lawyer face to face to discuss the specifics of that case, rather than relying on general information found on the internet.