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Child support is a legal obligation of both parents. Child support guidelines are presumptively correct for most cases and the Virginia Department of Social Services provides a worksheet to help determine the presumptive amount of child support. The formula takes into consideration gross earnings, health insurance costs, work-related daycare costs, the number of children, and whether or not either party is obligated to pay child support for other children. The parent paying child support is entitled to visitation rights but has no control over the receipt of child support.
When one party is no longer actively parenting and a stepparent is interested in adopting the child, the state allows the parties to terminate the rights of the inactive parent in conjunction with the adoption by a stepparent. Additionally, where a person wishes to adopt, there are legal proceedings that must be completed for the adoption to be recognized.