Child Support In Virginia

The Department of Social Services in Virginia is the entity responsible for maintaining Child support services, but under their auspices is the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE). Both of these departments are involved directly with the procuring of child support orders, enforcing them, establishing parentage, and other services. What they are not set up to do is deal with issues surrounding custody or visitation. This has to be done via the court system.

How to Receive Child Support Money in Virginia

In order to receive child support money, you must be eligible. This means that you must have already secured your final divorce papers and issues surrounding custody and visitation have been settled. If you are not married and want to apply for child support, then all you need to have completed is the acknowledgement of paternity by the other parent. If the other parent no longer resides in Virginia, this is not a problem as the DCSE is fully capable of locating them for you at no charge.

This form is also available in Spanish. All of the forms that you will need in order to process your child support application are also available on this page, including the direct deposit information. If you would like to apply in person, then you can easily locate your district office on this link:

Once your application has been reviewed and approved, then you will be assigned a caseworker and a file number. This file number will be the number that you will use when checking on payment status, and other operations via the DCSE website.

Child Support Payment Guidelines in Virginia

Most agencies specify, unless both parties agree otherwise, that child support amounts will be withheld from the noncustodial parent’s paycheck each month. The noncustodial parent is the parent with whom the child does NOT reside with full time. The funds are paid directly into the DCSE website, and then they are transferred via direct deposit into the custodial parent’s bank account, or it can be deposited onto a state issued Visa debit card. The forms that you need to make a request for payment, and the option selected, are available on the above forms address.

The state of Virginia has compiled a guideline for the determination of child support. This chart is based on the total combined gross monthly income of BOTH parents. It is broken down into how many children are receiving support. It is capped at six children. If you make more than 10,000 per month combined income, then the chart changes to reflect a percentage of the income that is paid per month to the child(children).  Keep in mind that this chart and the quick calculations tool are only estimates for you to get a general idea of what you could be asked to pay or how much you will be receiving. Adjustments may be made and will include such things as medical, dental, educational, and other expenses as agreed upon or ordered. The calculator tool :