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Sometimes modifying your child support order is the best solution

Most divorced parents assume that once the court sets forth a child support order it will stay that way until the need for support has ended. Sometimes, this is the case, but other times the original order may require modifications at some point. We will start this blog post by putting forth a couple of examples in which child support modification might be necessary.

Making sense of what child support is supposed to cover

Child support is a lot more extensive in nature than many people think. It is designed to cover more than just the basic essentials of foods, clothing and shelter. It covers other things as well, including, but not limited to tuition, extracurricular activities, medical expenses and entertainment.

Establishing paternity and collecting child support in Kentucky

In Kentucky, in cases where a child is born out of wedlock, the mother's name, by nature of being the person who gives birth to the child, is automatically placed on the child's birth certificate holding her financially responsible for providing for her child.The father's name, however, is not automatically added to their child's birth certificate.

How child support speaks to your child's basic human rights

Did you know that in many countries there are international laws governing a child's basic human rights? In 1989, these laws—established in the Convention on the Rights of the Child—were embraced by the United Nations General Assembly. Unfortunately, the United States has yet to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but knowing these rights can help parents focus on the health and well-being of their children when divorcing.

Some facts and stats about child support

If you've never dealt with the child support process before, you might be surprised at how little you know about fighting for and receiving support. Pop-culture often portrays a skewed picture of how child support really works, and it's important to understand the realities of your case so you can make the best decisions for your children and for yourself. Here's a look at some stats and facts about child support that might surprise you.

Can you spend child support on anything?

One area of contention between parents when dealing with child support disputes is how the money can be used. Someone paying child support might believe that he or she should not be paying as much because it doesn't seem like the money is going toward items the child needs. At the same time, tracking every dime you spend and showing how it was related to a child's welfare can be tedious or even impossible, and courts understand this.

Do you need a cost of living clause in your child support order?

For many people dealing with divorce or the family law issues that arise after a separation, goals are often "here-and-now" oriented. If you are leaving a long-term relationship, regardless of how that relationship ended, you might be facing a scary new journey. While dealing with issues of new housing, new incomes and how to keep your kids healthy and happy while everything around them is changing, it's easy to settle for an answer that seems to work right now.

Bringing paternity actions in Kentucky

Often, when discussing child support, we are talking about a situation that involves two people who have decided to divorce or part ways after a relationship and they have a minor child or children together. In such a case, one individual might agree to pay child support to the custodial parent or be ordered to do so by the court.