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Why filing first for child support is helpful

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2024 | Family Law

In Virginia, some parents have multiple children with different people. The decision custodial parents make to file first for child support can make a big difference.

By initiating the child support process, custodial parents can better position their children in terms of financial support and overall stability.

Timely access to resources

Filing first for child support can ensure that your children gain timely access to resources. Virginia’s child support system operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Initiating the process promptly can expedite the flow of financial support, facilitating access to needs such as education, health care and extracurricular activities.

Number of children

In Virginia, the number of children is an important factor in calculating child support amounts. Filing first can allow you to get more child support money than a parent who files later.

Delays and backlogs

Virginia’s child support system, like many others, may experience delays and backlogs due to the high volume of cases. Filing first can help your case avoid getting caught in the backlog, ensuring a swifter resolution. This helps guarantee a consistent flow of financial support without unnecessary interruptions.

It also helps you establish legal priority over other potential claimants.

Children’s interests

By filing first, parents demonstrate a commitment to prioritizing their children’s interests. This proactive approach can reflect positively in legal proceedings. Courts often consider the best interests of the child, and filing first can be a wise move in demonstrating your dedication to fulfilling those interests.

In Virginia, filing first for child support is a strategic decision that can place your children at an advantage.