In most Mississippi divorces involving minor children, the non-custodial parent is ordered to pay child support to the parent who has custody of the children. As long as the non-custodial parent remains current on his or her obligations, the arrangement works well. But what happens if the non-custodial parent decides to move out of Mississippi? Fortunately for custodial parents who find themselves in such situations, they can look for relief to a statute adopted by the Mississippi Legislature, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
Gulfport parents know that the failure to pay child support can have consequences. A failure to pay can result in income withholding from the delinquent parent's paycheck as well as the suspension of driver's licenses and professional licenses held by the delinquent parent. Most people have also probably heard that the failure to pay child support can also result in jail time for the delinquent parent. This blog post will briefly discuss this issue.
The amount of child support a non-custodial parent in Mississippi must pay can be computed using the state's child support guidelines. There is a rebuttable presumption that the amount provided for in the guidelines is the proper amount for a non-custodial parent to pay. The amount may be rebutted and set to a different amount if one or both parties present sufficient evidence for this to be done.
Our society places great importance on the act of supporting one's children as much as one can. This importance is reflected in Mississippi state law, which provides for the imposition of child support obligations on many non-custodial parents. Most people know that if a parent who owes child support fails to pay it, the parent may be found in contempt of court. Another sanction that a delinquent parent may face is suspension of a state-issued license.
Determining the level of child support in a divorce in Mississippi can be a difficult process. Mississippi's statutes provide a set of guidelines that are keyed to the number of children receiving support and the income of the non-custodial spouse. Yet even with these guidelines, courts have the power to set child support payments that may be either higher or lower than the statutory guidelines.
Child support can be one of the most contentious issues in a Mississippi divorce. Unfortunately, the entry of the formal decree of dissolution may not end the conflict. For many reasons, a person who is required to pay child support to the custodial parent may default on this obligation. For example, a non-custodial parent who is required to pay child support to the former spouse may feel that the amount is too high, that the divorce proceeding was unfair or that the former spouse does not deserve the payments. Sometimes, financial difficult will cause a former spouse to default on child support payments. The State of Mississippi provides a number of collection methods to ensure that child support payments are paid when and in the amount required by the court.
A recent study has delivered a sad verdict on Mississippi's ability to provide for its children. The study was prepared by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center. According to the study, Mississippi ranks last among the 50 states in overall child welfare. The study examined Mississippi's ability to provide children with foster care and health care. An important implication of the study is the critical role played by child custody and child support orders in divorce cases.
When Mississippi couples decide to end their marriages, their attention most often turns to their children. Who will get custody? How much child support will the court order paid by the non-custodial parent? The answers to these questions are often complicated by the specific situation of the divorcing spouses, and this post is able only to provide a summary of the law.
This blog recently discussed child support enforcement resources and child support modification options as well. A Mississippi man was recently jailed for failure to pay child support. The man owes $223,000 in unpaid back child support. The 50-year old man was recently arrested for contempt of court. He and his ex-wife were married for 16 years and divorced in 2004 with 3 children. Both are from Mississippi.
Child support is important for children and families which is why there are a variety of methods by which child support orders are enforced. It is important to keep in mind that family law resources are available to parents seeking to enforce a child support order, as well as parents struggling to comply with a child support order who may need to seek a modification of a child support order. Both paying and recipient parents may wonder, however, by what methods child support obligations are enforced in Mississippi.