Some core child support laws in Virginia as of 2015 are that both parents are responsible for the child and income is not restricted to the parents' paychecks only. Child support is not a debt that can be discharged by bankruptcy, notes the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Whether parents are married or not, they are both responsible for the welfare of the child. The amount of money that goes into child support payments is often derived from the combined income of both parents. A court does not always have to issue a child support order because the Department of Social Support in Virginia may make the order according to the official guidelines.
Before a child support case is determined, the courts may have to verify paternity. Some parents may refuse to support the child on the basis of not being a biological parent, which is why this procedure may be necessary.
A parent is only obligated to support a biological or adopted child. If there are any other children in the home, they are not entitled to child support. The income of parents is more than what they earn in a paycheck. Bonuses, dividends, severance fees and pensions are also considered income, states DivorceNet.com.