Q: If an individual is laid off due to the pandemic, how does that impact his or her child support obligation?
A: The law of Virginia provides that any material change in circumstance is a ground to have your child support obligation modified. If you were laid off through no fault of your own, you are entitled to request a downward modification. Though the courts are not currently hearing child support matters, the court may retroactively apply any change in support back to the filing date. You are required to continue paying the full amount until a court affirmatively modifies your child support, however. We can help you request such a modification.