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Child Support

Meet Mariam Ebrahimi

Mariam Ebrahimi, Esquire has been in private practice for 18 years, her focus is in family and immigration law...

Family Law

Immigration Law

Child Support

Child support is a legal obligation, not contractual.  In other words, a court can decide whether or not to enforce an agreement among the parents.  In doing so, the court considers the best interests of the children.  Parents cannot waive their obligation to support their children and both parents are obligated to support their children.  Our firm is committed to aggressive representation on all child support issues.

In Virginia and Maryland, child support is calculated by statute using a formula that, in practice, is computed through a software program. In most cases, the court is obligated to follow the computer calculations; however, the variables that are entered into the computer are subject to the same evidentiary requirements as any other type of information.  Some of the most important of those variables are the relative gross monthly income of the parents, the percentage of time each parent spends as the custodial parent, work-related child care expenses and medical insurance cost.  In certain situations tax considerations can be utilized to increase the amount of money available to both parents.  Courts also consider ability to pay and child’s needs.

Child support is also at times calculated based on imputed income (capacity to earn rather than actual income) if the court finds that a parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed.

Medical Insurance

In addition to ordering the non-custodial parent to pay a specified amount of money to the custodial parent each month, courts may order a parent to either obtain or maintain health insurance for the child and/or to pay all or  a portion of any health care expenses that are not covered by insurance.


Child support orders are subject to modification.  Notwithstanding the general rule that a judgment is “final” and cannot be changed once the time for appeal has expired, the support provisions of an order can be modified later upon a showing of material change of circumstances relevant to the support obligation.  This is done by serving and filing a motion to modify in court.  Some grounds for modification of child support are increased or decreased earnings of the obligor parent.  A change in child-care costs is also valid grounds for modification provided it is substantial.  As with custody and initial child support determinations, a court will consider other factors so long as it is in the children’s best interests.

Contact Mariam Ebrahimi:

To speak with a Loudoun divorce attorney about divorce, custody, child support, alimony or domestic violence, please contact us online or call 703-438-7676.


The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C.
Juris Doctor, magna cum laude (Class of 2000)
Class Rank: Top 10 %
Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy:  Senior Associate Editor

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics (Class of 1997)
Graduated with Distinction

Professional Affiliations:

Virginia State Bar
Maryland State Bar
Loudoun County Bar Association
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Chapter
Virginia Women’s Attorney’s Association
Fairfax Bar Association
Iranian American Bar Association

Family Law

Our firm handles all cases in the areas of divorce, custody and visitation, child support, spousal support and maintenance , characterization of property as separate, marital or hybrid, valuation of property, division of property, assignment of marital debt and enforcement.

Immigration Law

Legal services provided by Loudoun immigration attorney Mariam Ebrahimi.

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Vienna, VA 22180

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FAX: (571) 512-5851

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