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Single parents may want to consider filing for child support

A recent study shows that about 40% of Connecticut households are having trouble making ends meet. Even when parents have a full-time job, average wages do not seem to be enough to cover household expenses. Statistically, single parents have a harder time than households with two working adults. Filing for court-ordered child support payments can ease the financial burden of caring for children.

Child support differs from one state to another

For Connecticut spouses considering divorce, understanding how the process will affect their financial standing is a significant concern. Aside from property division and the expense of setting up a new household, child support is also an important topic for parents. That's true regardless of whether they will be tasked with making those payments or will be on the receiving end.

Child support and paternity fraud are on the rise

Connecticut couples expecting a child have many exciting things to look forward to. Picking out nursery colors, acquiring all the necessary tiny items and choosing a name are just a few of the many tasks anticipated. The parents of the expected child may not be married, but that usually doesn't lessen the excitement unless the mother has not been entirely honest or faithful. The paternity of the child could come into question, which may alter child custody and child support obligations.

Who can claim the children when one pays child support?

Working parents have what seems like a never-ending balancing act when it comes to family life, work and financial obligations. At the end of the year, many families anxiously await their income tax return refunds to help cover bills and possibly have a little left over to play with. When a Connecticut couple decides to split up, the issue of child support and tax returns can become an unpleasant factor when looking at the big picture. Who should claim the child and why?

State takes more child support than what is owed

The Connecticut family court system dictates the amount of financial support a noncustodial parent is obligated to pay to the custodial parent on a child's behalf. Should a parent experience a substantial change in financial circumstances, modifications to child support agreement can be possible, but must be made by formal petition through the courts. Informal changes made without the knowledge or consent of the court can lead to missed payments, interest accrual and legal intervention. But what happens when a parent's paycheck is garnished for payments after the child has become emancipated?

Child support isn't in arrears until a payment is missed

For many Connecticut couples, remaining together in a relationship is not an option. When children are a part of the relationship, one parent may be ordered to pay child support to help the custodial parent with the financial aspect of raising the children. When circumstances prevent an obligated parent from making payments, legal recourse is an option for the parent who is left financially hurting. But in most circumstances, a court will not act on a petition for relief until the obligated parent has missed a payment.

Subcontractors make child support hard to collect in Connecticut

When a relationship involving children dissolves, many questions surface regarding the care and financial obligations necessary to provide for the kids. Child support is often agreed upon or court-ordered, but some Connecticut parents are still finding ways to avoid making the payments. Working as a subcontractor has long been a means for many court-ordered parents to avoid having their wages garnished after failing to make court-ordered payments.

Connecticut celebrity caught up in child support battle

Connecticut celebrities can find themselves in situations that leave their personal lives open to the public. One such athlete, Miguel Cabrera, is in the midst of a now very public child custody battle with a woman in another state. She claims he is not paying enough in child support. He contests, saying the florist is trying to get more money from him for personal use under the guise of child support payments.

Connecticut paternity and child support

Expecting a child can be a wonderful and highly anticipated event for the parents and other family members. Preparations for the new arrival often begin to take place almost immediately. Picking out baby names, nursery colors and finding suitable and affordable childcare can be an exciting and sometimes overwhelming task. For some Connecticut parents, the situation may not be one of excitement, as an impending divorce or the breaking off of the relationship with the other parent may overshadow the joy of the upcoming birth. For parents who are no longer living together, the primary caregiver may seek child support and/or a custody agreement to set visitation guidelines and to help ease the financial burden that raising a child can create.

Who determines child support in Connecticut?

Whether you were married a couple years or decades before you filed for divorce, if you and your former spouse had children together during that time, you'll likely have to resolve several issues regarding their care and financial support before achieving a settlement. Such topics often prompt many questions, including who, if anyone, will pay child support, how much that support might be and who decides. In Connecticut, there are guidelines to help those facing such situations navigate the family law system. 

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