Comments on: January 10 roundup Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:11:46 +0000 hourly 1 By: Virginia child support law, cont'd - Overlawyered Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:30:03 +0000 […] up on the mention of the issue earlier this month, “Virginia is on the verge of substantially increasing child-support obligations for the […]

By: Hans Bader Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:00:32 +0000 Thanks for the link about the Virginia child support legislation. It has now been introduced as HB 933.

HB 933, a bill introduced on January 8 in Virginia’s House of Delegates, would increase the state’s child-support schedule. It would further increase child-support obligations that are already excessive for many non-custodial parents. The “bill is a recommendation of the Child Support Guidelines Review Panel,” whose proposed child-support increase ignores basic economic realities and overestimates the cost of raising children. I elaborate on that here:

The methods used to come up with the increased child support schedule were flawed, such as double-counting expenses and making non-custodial parents pay custodial parents for costs that custodial parents have indirectly been reimbursed for by federal and state tax codes.

The bill would force some low-income parents to pay what they cannot possibly pay, and substantially increase high-income parents’ obligations based on a misreading of Virginia child-support history and a likely failure to consider tax increases recently imposed on upper-income households.

Note: I am married, not divorced, and neither a non-custodial nor a custodial parent.