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Unpaid child support could have lasting implications

Thinking of your children there is nothing you wouldn't do for them. For parents who pay or receive child support, it's a situation that married parents of children often know nothing about. Whether you are a recipient or a payer of child support, there are concerns on both sides. Parents almost always want what's best for their children.

However, if child support payments aren't being sent in a timely manner, it can have a negative impact on a child. Child support amounts expected to be paid or received vary based on a number of factors including a parent's income, needs of the child, standard of living and potentially other factors. The specific situation of a family can greatly impacts a child support amount as it can be tailored specific to the family's needs.

Child support amounts are expected to be upheld per the divorce decree. Failure to do this could result in fees and penalties for the late payer or even jail time in serious situations. If a person needs to modify the child support arrangement, an official request needs to be put in to the court. Only they have the power to change it.

Lots of reasons can cause a change in a parent's financial situation. However, to decrease child support amounts, it much be cleared by the court. Child support arrangements are made with the best interests of the child at the forefront of the court's mind. It will continue to be so, even if there is an amendment made to the original child support agreement.

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