Sometimes, you may not agree with a child support order from the court. You have some options when it comes to how to handle this situation, and one option is an appeal. A child support appeal, according to Virginia Department of Social Services, enables you to object if you feel the support order is not correct for some reason. It also allows you to handle court orders related to your support payments, such as garnishments. The other parent may also use the appeals process to request a modification.
The appeals process allows you to get a second look at your case. This is helpful if you face a penalty or if you feel that something with the original order is not right. It also allows you to request a modification if you have a major change in your financial situation.
To request an appeal, you must make a request to the Virginia Department of Social Services, Appeals and Fair Hearings. It must be in writing, and you must mail it to the department. You will receive a written decision that will either approve or deny your request within 45 days.
If the department approves it, you will have a formal hearing. It may take place in person or by telephone. You may receive a decision at the hearing or later receive a notification in the mail of the decision.
Appealing your child support case can give you the opportunity to ensure you avoid penalties for mistakes made or protect your children by ensuring they receive the support they should. This information is for education and is not legal advice.