If it happens to be that your separation or divorce settlement did not include a child support order, or if you need help in finding the other parent of your child to start getting payments towards their care, there is something you can do about it.
Virginia has a Department of Social Services with a Division of Child Support Enforcement, also known as the DCSE. There, you will be able to find assistance in getting a child support order.
If you receive any public assistance such as Medicaid, you are immediately eligible to use the DCSE’s services. If you don’t, you can still apply for services by filling out an application form. You can find it here.
Once you have submitted an application, you will have to be patient as it can take up to three weeks before you hear back from the Department.
If your application has been given the green light, you will be assisted by the DCSE with getting a child support order. This order could include medical support. The state guidelines will be followed, and the child’s needs, as well as the parents’ abilities to provide for their children, will be taken into account. With this information, a monthly child support amount will be determined.
It is the hope of the DCSE to avoid the time and expenses of a court when establishing child support orders. If a parent does not agree with the child support order, an appeal process can be started.