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.
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.