Child Support

Divorce is hard on the parties involved, and harder still on the children. Even though you and your spouse have decided to divorce, your children need and deserve support from both of you — now and in the future.

Our attorneys are prepared to protect your rights during divorce, and look out for the best interests of the children. We have a thorough grounding in Virginia child support law, and more than 40 years of experience in divorce and family law.

Determining Child Support Amounts

Here at the law firm of Coates & Davenport, P.C., headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, our lawyers recommend you get the best advice possible in order to create a child support plan that promotes your interests and provides support for the children.

Being prepared is important in every step of the child support process. When child support is on the table, have the following documents ready, including:

  • Pay stubs
  • Tax returns with W2s
  • Current bank statements

In determining child support, the court considers the income of both parents plus child support expenses such as:

  • Cost of health care and life insurance
  • Special needs of the child or children
  • The standard of living enjoyed by the children during the marriage
  • Any debts incurred during the marriage for the benefit of the child or children

Child Support Modifications And Enforcement

An attorney at Coates & Davenport, P.C., can help you modify future child support obligations if your circumstances change.

If you are not receiving the child support ordered by the court, we can help you go to court to request back payments, or request an income reduction order for wage garnishment.

Our attorneys are happy to work with the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) to create a DCSE order to enforce support.

Rely On Well-Prepared Counsel

Every child support case is unique. It is not wise to rely on the advice of a friend or co-worker in such an important family matter. Contact us for a confidential appointment with an experienced attorney. Call today at 804-729-5537 or email us your contact information.


Our team of family law attorneys is a diverse group of experienced and compassionate professionals:
T. Michael Blanks, Jr.
Thomas F. Coates, III
Tammy L. Sossei
Carrie Willis Witter