The "right" amount of child support can change over the years. A job loss, a promotion, medical expenses and more children are just a few reasons why a previously reasonable sum may no longer be fair to all parties.
Summer is coming up—it’s the perfect time for a vacation. But you might have to keep your travels local if you owe back child support. This is because parents who have a certain amount of unpaid child support may be denied a passport by the United States government.
You and your ex have gone through the length, exhausting process of divorce and child custody. The court has finally issued a child support order. It is not perfect, but you feel that, for now, it will have to do. In the future, though, what if you need to modify it?
Raising children is expensive. Paying for a child’s everyday necessities like food, clothing and medical care adds up quickly. And then there are extraneous expenses—things that are not essential for survival, but are nonetheless important for a child’s development and happiness.
Some couples who divorce and don’t have children choose to make a clean, permanent break from each other’s lives. But if you are a divorced parent, you and your ex are probably still involved in each other’s lives in some way, if only for the sake of your children. One way that many divorced parents must work together is by splitting the costs of parenting.
Child support is a frequent component of many divorces. With nearly half of all marriages in the United States ending in divorce, and nearly one-fourth of all children born to parents who are unmarried, many parents will have to deal with child support at some point or another.
What costs come before a parent in relation to their children depends on many things. This includes the ages of their kids. Children of different ages can have different needs and expenses.
As a parent, you have a number of obligations to your children. And these obligations do not end just because you get divorced from the other parent or if you do not have custody of your kids. You can still be required to pay child support.
Divorce typically brings a great deal of changes with it. However, a divorce finally being in the rearview mirror for a person certainly doesn't mean their life suddenly won't be changing much. There are all sorts of non-divorce-related life-changing circumstances a person could encounter following a divorce.