Being a Mississippi parent is one of the greatest joys and responsibilities. Being responsible for raising a child into a happy and functioning adult is easier said than done. When co-parenting from separate households, the courts and the child rely on the parent's to uphold each parent's side of the bargain. When they fail to do so, it puts the child in an unfavorable position.
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.
Child support amounts come down to a single dollar amount payable every month. The child's parent that does not hold primary physical custody is to financially support the child by making these payments the child's other parent. One may think that coming to an amount agreement for the child support is easy. Others may think it could be difficult.
It can be difficult raising a child as a single parent. While one parent can be more than sufficient in order to raise a child and get them what they want and need, it can present specific challenges that traditional married parents do not have when rearing their child. Specifically, one of those challenges is money. Single-incomes by nature generally do not make as much as two-incomes combined do.
When it comes to you child, there are no lengths you would not go to in order to make sure they are taken care of. When money and budgets are tight, it can certainly make it tougher to get your child everything they need or want. When a parent is a single parent, this can limit incomes and budgets even more. There are ways to expand budgets by petitioning the child's other parent for child support.
When a Mississippi couple with children divorces or separates, one of the parents often will pay child support to the other. In setting the amount to be paid, the court will take into account each parent's income, as well as the financial needs of the children. Once this amount is set, the paying spouse is to make payments to the recipient spouse for as long as legally necessary.
When you factor in all of the expenses, such as food, clothing, education, entertainment and health care, it can be expensive to raise a child these days. This is why so much care is made in computing the child support obligations due between divorced and separated parents. The cost of health care can be ameliorated if the child has health insurance. Even then, though, there are often out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance. These can include co-payments, deductibles, prescriptions and more.
Leading up, during and following the divorce process, spouses can experience a multitude of disputes and legal issues. This is true if children are involved in the process. Parents are not only fighting over who gets the children when but also the financial support that might go hand-in-hand with the child custody order. Child support can be a hot topic for parents to work through, especially when they do not believe they should pay any support.
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.