Child Support Enforcement

Child Support Enforcement in Virginia

Chesapeake Family Law Attorney

A child support agreement is a court order which outlines a parent’s legal responsibility to provide financial support for their child. One party cannot simply choose to ignore these parental obligations. However, when the terms of a court order are broken, it may be left to the aggrieved parent to take legal action. Parents in breach of a court order may incur fines, have professional licenses suspended, or be held in contempt of court.

If you would like more information on enforcing a court order, do not hesitate to contact J. Bouchard Law. Our lead Chesapeake family law attorney is deeply acquainted with the regulations relating to child support and can walk you through your legal options.


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Understanding your Enforcement Options

Every family has a unique story. The most appropriate legal remedies for enforcing a child support agreement and the steps you may need to take can be different in every case. In Virginia, these issues are handled by the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE). When administrative attempts at collecting payments have failed, you may be left to request additional actions from the court. Our firm can help you to see that this process goes as smoothly as possible.

Remedies for the enforcement of a court order can include:

  • Driver’s license or professional license suspension
  • Placing liens on personal property
  • Withheld wages and income
  • Garnishments on income tax returns
  • Bench warrants issued for an arrest

In situations where a parent lacks the resources to continue making payments, a modification may be in order. However, a court will typically only approve a request if it can be shown that a drastic change in circumstance has occurred since the order was originally issued. For example, if a parent loses their job and no longer has the income to make payments of the agreed upon amount, a Judge may grant a modification.

Legal Help for Enforcing Support Orders

Issues of family law that involve children can be legally and emotionally complex. However, you do not have to go through the legal system alone. At J. Bouchard Law, our legal team strives to simplify family law issues by providing straightforward and personalized client advocacy. When you work with us, you get a knowledgeable legal advocate in your corner backed by years of experience and a proven track record of success.

If you have questions situation, contact our firm and get the answers you need.

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