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What happens if I fail to pay child support?

If you are a Kentucky resident and fail to pay child support to the custodial parent, there are multiple ways the Child Support Enforcement Office can enforce the order and collect the money you owe.

According to the Kentucky Customer Service Website, the action that the office will take may vary based on your financial situation and other circumstances surrounding the case. For instance, if there is illness, unemployment or unexpected hardships involved, they may be taken into consideration.

How to make divorce easier on children

Although Kentucky no longer reports divorce rates per county, data still shows the state has one of the highest divorce rates in the entire country. In 2015, reports indicated the state had a marriage rate of 7.2 per 1,000 individuals in the population, while the divorce rate was 3.7.

Divorce is a difficult process on both spouses. It is critical to take care of your own mental and emotional well-being during this time. However, you also want to make sure your children have the necessary tools to handle this time emotionally. Here are some ways you should go through the divorce process when you have kids.

On recordkeeping when alimony is awarded

In our last post, we talked about spousal maintenance and the important role that this serves in the world of Kentucky family law. Often called alimony, this form of financial support for one of the spouses in the wake of a divorce is calculated based on a number of different factors. But today we want to talk about what each spouse should do after spousal maintenance is awarded. There are significant records that need to be kept and maintained so that both spouses can utilize the spousal maintenance situation properly.

First, a w rod about taxes and spousal maintenance. Currently, the spouse that pays maintenance can deduct those payments from his or her taxes, while the receiving spouse must include it in their taxes. This will all change on December 31, 2018, but in the meantime, that is the law.

Understanding spousal maintenance in Kentucky

Spousal maintenance, also referred to as alimony or spousal support, is a monetary payment awarded to a former spouse after a marriage ends. The purpose of maintenance is to provide a former spouse with a standard of living post-marriage that is similar or equivalent to the standard of living experienced during the marriage. Maintenance can be awarded on a short or long term basis depending on the circumstances.

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How out-of-state child custody decisions are made

Interstate custody disputes arise for various reasons. One parent may have a job offer in another state, wish to have a fresh start, military relocation or any number of other factors. The desire to move out-of-state from where the other parent lives with or without your child sets off legal questions and protocol to follow before this can be accomplished.

There are multiple custody and visitation rights that may apply to your situation. Parents who share custody will need to seek modifications to their parenting plan when an out-of-state change takes place. Kentucky family law upholds the determination of custody rulings in favor of a motion based on the best interest of a child. For example, despite a higher paying job in another city, the court will need to see how these changes truly align with what is deemed in the best interest of the child.

Domestic violence victims face unique challenges in the military

If your spouse is in the military and is abusing you, you might feel confused and isolated from getting help. However, you are not alone, since domestic violence is not an uncommon problem for civilians and military families alike. This is a double-edged sword – spousal abuse is a tragic issue, yet its widespread prevalence has ensured that you and other victims in Kentucky and across the U.S. have resources to help.

There are many factors of living with an abuser in the military that may differ from a civilian family’s situation, including the following:

  • Your spouse has had combat training and knows how to inflict harm with the most impact.
  • He or she may have access to firearms and other weapons.
  • Your spouse may have post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety or other conditions related to experiencing combat, which might exacerbate violence in the home.

Other issues you might want in a parenting plan

Parenting plans are a great way for divorcing spouses to look to the future. The plans are a blueprint for how they will successfully co-parent and deal with issues such as where the children live, holidays, school vacations and cultivation of ongoing relationships with grandparents and other family members.

Depending on your circumstances, it could be important to address a few additional issues: cellphone and internet usage, and new dating partners, for example.

4 things to do before filing for divorce

Divorce is still highly prevalent in American society. In 2014, over 813,000 divorces and annulments took place within the United States. While it was down from the previous year, it is still a sizable number.

Going through a divorce is difficult. Before pulling the trigger and deciding to go through with it, there are a few things spouses contemplating divorce need to do first. 

How To Lower Some Costs In Your Divorce

One of the first questions you may have when you start a divorce proceeding is - how much is this going to cost me? Anyone familiar with the process will tell you that the cost of your proceeding depends on a number of factors. What many people don't know is that they have some control over their legal fees and costs. Here are some of the things you can do to make the process more cost-effective.

Military divorce challenges can last a long time after the divorce.

Most military service members, officers and other military personnel understand that the process of going through a divorce in the military can be extremely complicated. Matters of jurisdiction, deployment, custody and other complex issues make the military divorce process much more difficult than most civilian divorces.

The complication of military divorce actually lasts much longer than just the divorce process itself. Depending on the case, there is potential for issues to last for many years after the divorce is finalized.

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