Duff & Kronfeld, P.C.
Contact Us
View Our Practice Areas

Be Careful: Gifts = "Income!"

In the initial determination of child support, or in a later modification of a child support obligation, the single most significant issue to be divided by the presiding judge will be: What is the gross monthly income of each parent? Once the parents' respective incomes have been established, it is often an easy process to calculate the proper amount of child support through use of the Virginia Child Support Guidelines.

It is hugely important that anyone who is receiving child support for his or her children be aware of the fact that "income" can mean more than merely the wages earned through employment. Virginia's child support statute (Code ยง 20-108.2), defines what is meant by the term "income" and expressly includes "gifts" received by that parent as constituting additional income for the purpose of calculating child support.

One must recognize that "gifts" are not limited to those checks that are periodically sent by your parents, or grandparents, to help you pay your bills. This category of income also includes any of your personal expenses, or usual living expenses, or, indeed, any obligation owed to someone else, that are paid on your behalf.

Thus, what is intended to be an act of generosity born out of love, can have the unintended result of lowering the amount of child support that you receive, by increasing your "income."

If you find yourself in this sort of predicament, contact one of the attorneys at The Duff Law Firm for a complimentary, 30-minute consultation.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us Today For Knowledgeable And Client-Centered Assistance

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Duff & Kronfeld, P.C.
11320 Random Hills Road, Suite 630
Fair Oaks Commerce Center
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-591-7475
Fax: 703-273-4537
Fairfax Law Office Map