If you are a stay at home parent in Virginia with primary physical custody of your child(ren), you may not get as much child support as you would were you working outside of the home. There are two reasons for this:
(1) The way that the Commonwealth of Virginia calculates child support guidelines, the higher the combined income of both parents, the larger the need to support the child; and
(2) Work-related child care costs are included in child support guidelines. For example, if you pay $1200 per month in work-related child care costs and you earn 30% of the combined income between you and the other parent, then you would receive an additional $840 per month in child support as the custodial parent.
With that being said, do not let the fear of receiving less child support stop you from taking that new job offer!
If you have a child support case and are in need of legal counsel, call attorney Cherish Hadley at Hadley Law, PLC for a free consultation at 757-498-1800.