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Child support modification in Connecticut

Noncustodial parents are required to pay child support to ensure that their children are properly cared for and to prevent them from becoming a burden on the state. Child support is calculated in Connecticut using a formula that takes the incomes of both parents into account, but there are situations where the amount that noncustodial parents are required to pay each month may be modified.

DNA testing and family court issues

For people in Connecticut dealing with family court issues, DNA paternity testing is an increasingly important part of the courtroom landscape. DNA testing is becoming widely popular and accessible in a range of contexts: criminal cases can hinge on DNA evidence, and many people are opting for private DNA tests to learn more about their families and ancestry. Because DNA tests are over 99.99 percent accurate, they can play a critical role in firmly and legally establishing a child's parentage, especially when the mother and the father are unmarried.

Reasons a child support order may be changed

In Connecticut and many other states, a child support order is based on the amount of money each parent makes. The financial needs of the child are also taken into consideration. For instance, the parent of a child who has special medical or educational needs may be expected to pay more each month. If necessary, a parent can ask for a reduction in the amount of financial support being provided to the child.

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.

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