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What are the possible impacts of relocation on child support?

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2024 | child support, relocations | 0 comments

The complexities of child support can be challenging to deal with, especially when life circumstances change. One such change is the relocation of a parent with a child post-divorce.

Additionally, relocation can have a substantial impact on child support payments. If you are considering relocating with your child, how can you prepare for potential changes, including modifications to child support?

Potential effects of relocation

In Kentucky, child support calculations consider the income of both parents, the child’s healthcare costs, childcare expenses and the number of children involved.

Thus, when relocation happens, changes may happen to the following:

  • Income of the relocating parent: The relocating parent might secure a higher-paying job, which could lead to an increase in child support payments. Conversely, child support payments might decrease if the relocating parent’s income decreases.
  • Healthcare costs: These changes can be due to differences in the cost of living between the two locations, changes in health insurance coverage or the need to switch healthcare providers. The court may consider the higher or lower healthcare costs when reviewing child support payments.
  • Childcare expenses: Childcare costs can vary depending on the location, and a move could cause an increase or decrease in these costs. Whether the childcare costs are higher or lower, the court will consider the best interests of the child when making its decision.

In addition, if relocation leads to a material change in life circumstances, either parent can request a modification of the child support order. The requesting parent must prove that the change in circumstances is substantial and ongoing.

Ensuring the best interests of your child

The impact of relocation on child support can be significant and multifaceted. Understanding the changes that may arise from such a move is crucial for all parties involved. With legal assistance, you may go through the process with more knowledge and confidence while ensuring the best interests of your child.


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