Child Support in the Arizona Family Court: How Do Social Security Benefits Affect Calculations?

December 16, 2010 by Maricopa County Court  
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By Trent Wilcox -

Social Security benefits can affect child support in two ways. First, if either the parent paying child support (the “obligor”) or the parent receiving child support (the “obligee”) receives Social Security benefits, the Arizona Child Support Guidelines require that the Social Security benefits be included in determining either parents income. Thus, the Social Security benefits help to determine the initial child support obligation.

Second, the Social Security benefits can affect the amount of child support that must be paid out of pocket by the parent paying child support. Section 26 of the Arizona Child Support Guidelines addresses this issue and states verbatim as follows:

A. Income earned or money received by a child from any source other than court-ordered child support shall not be counted toward either parent’s child support obligation except as stated herein. However, income earned or money received by or on behalf of a person for whom child support is ordered to continue past the age of majority pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute Sections 25-320.B and 25-809.F may be credited against any child support obligation.

B. Benefits, such as Social Security Disability or Insurance, received by a custodial parent on behalf of a child, as a result of contributions made by the parent paying child support shall be credited as follows:

1. If the amount of the child’s benefit for a given month is equal to or greater than the paying parent’s child support obligation, then that parent’s obligation is satisfied.

2. Any benefit received by the child for a given month in excess of the child support obligation shall not be treated as an arrearage payment nor as a credit toward future child support payments.

3. If the amount of the child’s benefit for a given month is less than the parent’s child support obligation, the parent shall pay the difference unless the court, in its discretion, modifies the child support order to equal the benefits being received at that time.

C. Except as otherwise provided in section 5.B, any benefits received directly, and not on behalf of a child, by either the custodial parent or the parent paying child support as a result of his or her own contributions, shall be included as part of that parent’s gross income.

The interpretation of Section 26, above, minus some of the legalese, is really pretty simple:

A. If a child receives benefits from a source outside of the parent paying child support, it will not normally diminish the paying parent’s child support obligation unless the Arizona Child Support Guidelines provide a specific exception. However, if a mentally or physically disabled child receives child support past the age of majority, those amounts may be credited toward the paying parent’s child support obligation. Notice this is a “may” and not a “shall,” meaning that the court has discretion in this child support matter.

B. If a child receives benefits, such as social security or insurance, because the paying parent made the child eligible to receive such benefits by paying into the system, those amounts will be credited toward the paying parent’s child support obligation in the manners described. Notice this is a “shall” and not a “may,” meaning that the court has no discretion in this child support matter.

C. As mentioned above, a parent who receives payments directly on his or her behalf must include those amounts in income totals used to calculate child support. However, the exception to this provision is provided by the Child Support Guidelines Section 5(B) which states, “Gross income does not include sums received as child support or benefits received from means-tested public assistance programs including, but not limited to, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamps and General Assistance.”

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Attorney Trent R. Wilcox is the managing partner of Wilcox & Wilcox, P.C. Mr. Wilcox practices in the areas of family law, employment disputes and general civil litigation. Mr. Wilcox is admitted to practice in the Arizona state courts and federal district court and is a member of the Maricopa County, Arizona State and American Bar Associations.

Mr. Wilcox has worked closely with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to return abducted children to the custodial parent. He has assisted parents from various countries in cases brought under The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

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Where Can Fathers Who Are in Arrears and Unemployed Get Help With Child Support?

December 6, 2010 by Maricopa County Court  
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By Justin DiMateo -

Fathers who are unemployed and/or in arrears may run into great difficulty when attempting to fulfill a Court Order to pay child support. Many may feel hopeless and lost when considering their options and in many cases may not completely understand their options. The first thing that an individual should do when they lose their job or are having trouble paying debts is to seek a modification to the Court Order. They should do this immediately, as consequences may be in store for those who do not seek a modification of the Order, including suspension of their driver’s license.

Another important step for fathers struggling to make child support payments when unemployed or in arrears is to check if they are eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If so, they should contact their case worker to ensure that a wage withholding is put into place with the Bureau of Unemployment Services. Remember, becoming unemployed does not mean that you are still not responsible for making payments on time. The amount due will continue to accrue in arrears.

If you’re already in arrears and continue to struggle to make payments, it may be possible to work out an arrangement with the custodial parent. Of course, speaking with an attorney before entering into any arrangement is encouraged so that the rights of the father are protected and to avoid unexpected surprises along the way.

Child support is typically linked to the amount of time that each parent spends with the child. In joint physical custody cases, support may be lower than in cases where only one parent has physical custody of the child. Support is meant to assist the custodial parent in paying for expenses related to caring for the child and ensuring that all of the child’s needs are met. The Court will act in the best interest of the child. If you believe that you are paying too much support based on the amount of time you spend with the child, speak with an attorney to see if you may seek a modification to the Court Order.

Justin suggests, after going through a divorce, to get clear and precise up-to-date information on California Child Support laws from a family law lawyer. See a Divorce Lawyer and visit the offices of Diefer Law Group

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17 Rules For Lowering Your Child Support

December 1, 2010 by Maricopa County Court  
Filed under Child Custody, Family Court

By Dennis Gac -

Here are 17 rules you can use to get your child support lowered that will reach out and force the court and the X to listen to you.

1. Understand the difference between child support and supporting your child. There’s a difference.

2. NEVER listen to anyone that is negative about you lowering your child support.

3. NEVER be intimidated by the X, her attorney, or the Office of Support Enforcement.

4. NEVER deal with the Office of Support Enforcement – go directly to court and see what a real judge has to say.

5. Don’t buy into a guilt trip about supporting your kids – make certain you take care of yourself first! If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of your kids.

6. Obtain the proper forms that are mandatory or advisory in your State – often free on line.

7. Always ask for the tax exemptions for the kids every year. The Mom gets the head of household income tax credits anyway. What you pay in support on one hand, gets saved on the other in tax savings.

8. Ask for deviations from your State’s standard support guidelines, including long distance transportation allowances, allowances for other children you’re supporting and extraordinary debt.

9. Use only your basic income as a basis for support and do not include your overtime voluntarily.

10. Include other household income and other financial help the X may be receiving as a basis of your argument that she doesn’t need the state standard for support — that her expenses are being offset by the other income.

11. Reassign child support and call it maintenance or alimony. Child support is paid with after tax-dollars and maintenance is paid with pre-tax dollars. This is a huge savings to you.

12. Average your income over a time period that is to your advantage – 2 or 3 years, demonstrating that recent high income is extraordinary and “not” recurring regularly.

13. Submit complete financial information to the court regarding your monthly income and costs of living. Show hardship if you can. Be creative.

14. Argue substantial injustice and economic hardship because of high support.

15. Write a great declaration for the court being as concise as possible – using bullet points.

16. Avoid negativity and “pot-shots” at the X in your statements to the court. The court hates this.

17. If the X is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed make certain you impute income to her.

If you will follow these simple guidelines for lowering your child support, you’re more likely to be successful in lowering your support! Take some time right now and look back over these guidelines. Then, try to follow them to a “T”. Use all guidelines that you can and keep trying to work in more options. Have a trusted friend look over your work and ask for objective opinions. This is the true method for knowing that you’ve got a killer case.

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How Child Support Works

November 17, 2010 by Maricopa County Court  
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By Zac Johnson -

If you have come to this article then I am sure you are curious as to how the process of obtaining child support works. This could because you are going through a divorce or are at least considering one. Going through a divorce is not an easy decision to make and should not be taken lightly. However understanding how the process works can give you a leg up on what you are about to experience.

How Child Support Works

When a couple decides to get a divorce it is understood that one of the parents will be given custody of the kids. However since one parent is given custody this does not stop the financial obligations the other parent has towards his or her children. The financial burden should be shared between both parents and the courts have enacted several provisions to enforce this. The determination of child support depends on how many children you have and how much the custodial parent makes. It is calculated differently depending upon where you live and even what jurisdiction you fall under.

The Calculation of Child Support

Each State calculates how much a non-custodial parent receives differently. This is mainly because each State has their own unique ways of gathering income and also many variations on living expenses. The State could appoint a economist to determine a families income streams and living conditions to determine the best outcome for the children. In some cases the custody of the children will be altered because one parent will be better able to take care of them financially

In most if not all states the requirement to have your children under some sort of health insurance is a must. If you cannot afford to have your children under your health insurance plan then you will need to appeal to the courts to see if you can get assistance with this.

If you are beginning to figure what you will need to take care of your children then there are many online child support calculators you can use to determine a good starting point. However I would like to point out that these are only just a tool to be used to start the negotiation process. It is best to use some sort of court appointed mediator as that will save you thousands in fees.

The process of obtaining child support is not an easy one. It can take months for the court to determine how much you can receive. This time can be very stressful to the other parent as they try to make ends meet.

Child custody battles are intense and without the proper aid can be almost impossible. Find the tools needed to win your battle for your kids.

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Child Support Rules

November 15, 2010 by Maricopa County Court  
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By M K Kelley -

Child support is a certain fixed amount that is paid by one of the parents to the other, generally the one who undertakes the custody of the child for the financial support and good upbringing of their common child. This is a common situation that parents have to face following a divorce or separation. Also known as alimony, this amount that is transferred from one parent to the other in order to support the child in the best possible way from the combined incomes/wealth of both the parents.

Keeping in mind the benefits of the child various laws have determined different rules for child support payments that completely depends on the circumstances of both the parents. Determining the right amount for child support payments is a difficult task which is why the child support law is very complex in UK and is reviewed from time to time. As the non resident parent has a legal duty to pay up for the well being of the child, whether or not he has a contact with the child, the government ensures that the other parent receives a regular income from the non resident parent.

As people are not much aware of the child support rules and there is no substitute for consulting a family law solicitor at the time of the divorce or separation in order to get advice about this, parents generally either work on mutual consent by means of court order by take help from the CSA Child Support Agency. For the parents who pursue support from the CSA, the agency calculates a fixed amount depending on the information provided by the parents that should be paid regularly. This amount depends on factors like salary, income support, allowances, any other children from new relationships etc. In addition to all other rules, one of the most important CSA rules is obtaining relevant information from the non-resident parent. If the non-resident parents provide irrelevant information CSA applies a default figure of child support which results in paying more CSA payments than otherwise.

There are number of advantages of taking your money through CSA, as the CSA rules can be altered with material circumstances changes, which can be beneficial for both the parents. For instance, if the non-resident parent gains an income hike or loss or has another child, etc he/she can always visit the association to review the amount of alimony. On the other hand, if the non-resident parent refuses to pay the amount the association has powers to ensure it is paid. Under such circumstances, CSA directly deducts the fixed amount from the parent’s salary, just like income tax.

Mike Kelley has provides up-to-date CSA advice and a CSA Calculator on http://www.cv-service.org/ as one of his Life, CV and Career Planning website subjects.

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Family Law Attorney: Putting Your Life Back Together

November 12, 2010 by Maricopa County Court  
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By Abraham Avotina -

If you are in the middle of a bitter divorce, your most valuable and trustworthy supporter will probably end up being a qualified family law attorney. Whether you are fighting over child custody, splitting assets, child support or alimony payments, it is imperative that you have skilled legal counsel on your side. This can be a highly stressful and emotionally charged period of your life, making you unable to see all sides of the situation logically and calmly. Without a mediator, you may end up making some very rash decisions that can have a great impact on your future. A family law attorney can help you make important decisions and fight for your rights.

Child custody is often a very heated debate that can get extremely sour between two former spouses overnight. The court can order several different types of custody, usually when two spouses are on fairly good terms, joint custody is granted and the child or children spend an equal amount of time with each parent. These are generally straightforward cases that require little to no legal intervention. If you or your former partner, however, have a dispute over how custody should be shared, it is best to hire a family law attorney. However unfair or biased it may be, courts more often than not rule in favor of the female party. Any father fighting for rights for visitation or joint custody should not go to court unprepared or without proper representation. Custody terms can evolve over time as well. If you want to increase your visitation rights, a lawyer can help you return to court to review conditions.

Dividing assets and finances is often the most difficult part of any partnership dissolution. What starts off fairly amicably can turn ugly once grey areas start to arise or emotions come into play. After all, you can’t always put a price on a person’s sentimental value for something. A family law attorney can help you secure important assets and finances that rightfully belong to you, as well as help you negotiate when necessary. You’ll have to make some compromises, but your attorney can help organize your priorities and help you achieve your goals.

A lawyer is extremely helpful when it comes to negotiating and setting the terms for payments following a dissolution including alimony and child support. It is not uncommon for a slighted former partner to seek greater payments than necessary out of spite or simply out of greed. Often times, one partner may be saddled with a great financial burden that would be unnecessary if they had just had a skilled lawyer to help them fight their case. Alimony and child support is also generally not fixed. It can evolve or be eliminated as individual situations change over time, which makes it important to revisit the issue periodically with a family law attorney to ensure that the terms of payment are adjusted accordingly.

Do you need the help of a family law attorney in Mesa, AZ? This type of lawyer can help you defend your right to child custody. To learn more, please visit http://www.biddlelawmesa.com/

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Decreasing Child Support

November 9, 2010 by Maricopa County Court  
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By James Witherspoon -

Child support payments can become troublesome if the parent responsible for providing payments cannot financially maintain regular payments. Considering the variety of ways a person can fall into this precarious position, there are some legally recognized reasons for a decrease or altogether stop of payments. After going before the court and filing the proper paperwork, an individual can put in for an official petition to lower the regular cost of support, if not cancel payments entirely in very particular situations.

One of the most commonly cited reasons for a temporary decrease or pause in child support payments is when a parent loses their job. The loss of employment puts a parent in the position of no longer being able to support their own finances outside of what potential unemployment will provide, which only offers temporary alleviation. As a result, it is possible for a parent to receive a decrease in disability payments or a cancellation of payments altogether if he or she loses his or her job.

An individual may lose the ability to work altogether due to a debilitating injury. If these catastrophic injuries result in the loss of employment or the reduction of job opportunities, a person may request a drop in the current child support rates, if not a permanent stop to payments. If these injuries illustrate a temporary loss of work and subsequent paycheck, a person’s reduction may only be temporary.

If economic factors lead to the loss of significant funds, the result can be a fair petition for reduced child support. Although poor investing may not serve as adequate grounds for support cancellation, unexpected and widespread changes in the economy that cause an uncontrollable loss of property or assets may be cause for an agreement to readdress support agreements.

For more information regarding changes to support arrangements, contact a family law attorney.

For more information regarding your options if child support arrangements are no longer financially feasible, contact the Austin family law attorneys of Slater Kennon, LLP.

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Millions of Custodial Parents Have Not Filed For Child Support – Steps on How to File

By Dawnette Lounds-Culp -

One of the biggest mistakes custodial parents make is not filing for child support. By filing for support and establishing a support order, parents can collect payments beyond when a child reaches the age of 18. One of my client was astonished when she began receiving payments and her children where the ages 24 and 28. She had given up but I explained that she did what millions of custodial parents have failed to do and that is to establish a support order. It is very important that when a parent fails to be responsible financial for his/her children, it is then important to file for child support.

When a custodial parent is in the system, regardless of if the noncustodial parent pays or not, an arrear is established and payment will follow when the system finds the parent. I first recommend that both parents discuss what is a fair payment and work together to raise their children. In some cases, this is the best situation and both parents actually do what they say they would do. However, when the noncustodial parent does not live up to the agreement, the next step is to file with the child support enforcement system. I only recommend this because it begins to establish a record of payment and nonpayment and this can work in the favor of both parents, if paid on time.

When asked the question to custodial parents who have not filed for support in the system, why they have not filed, most parents respond that they do not want the father in their children lives. Others respond that the system does not work so why bother. My response is always the same, the system works if you know how to work the system and a child needs the financial support of both parents. I then divulge the biggest secret of the system, financial support of a child has nothing to do with visitation; the two are separate. However, it is then when delving further into the reason why most parents do not rely on the system, most begin to see why it is important to establish record by entering into the system.

One of the biggest fallacies of the child support system for custodial parents is that it does not work. The system works as mentioned before; however, it is the parents in the system that causes it to not to be as functional as it was designed to be. If both parents put first the needs of their children, are being responsible financially, spiritually, and socially and both are actively involved in their children lives then the need of the children are taken care of. The system then works. However, on the other hand, when one parent takes advantage and does not pay, then it becomes harder to enforce the established support order. Moreover, there are some improvement that needs to be made such as making payments accountable for the needs of each child in the system.

One of my clients is very vexed with the system because they cannot find the father. She has given her caseworker his address which is in another state but the caseworker insist that he lives in the same state that she lives in. For over one year, she has not been able to locate the parent. Even though he calls and speaks to his son periodically, he will not give her an address. Therefore, I explain to my client that it is not the system; it is the parent that evades or is reluctant to pay child support. My suggestion to her is to keep the case open and continue to get as much information from the father as possible to report to her caseworker.

When a noncustodial parent does not work a regular job or has his/her own business, it is easy for them to evade and manipulate the system. It is not only their responsibility as a parent to financial support their children, it is also important that they are actively involved in the live of their children. When custodial parents say that they do not want the other parent in their children lives, I explain that is a selfish notion and it should be up to the children. Most parents are emotionally involved with the other parent and the reason for the breakup in the first place is the motivating factor why the relationship is estranged. The relationship that ensues between a mother and a father is different between parents and their children. Only in extreme cases such as the other parent will harm a child shall a parent be restricted from seeing his/her child.

When encountering the child support system, both parents, custodial and noncustodial parent will face four stages: locate the noncustodial parent, establish paternity, establish order and enforce order. Each stage is important and should not be avoided. Sometimes a support order can be established in as short as three months, and others can take years. The more information a parent has to provide to their casework, the quicker and simpler the process becomes. Lack of information such as the address of the other parent or where the other parent works can delay the process.

Filing for support for your children is very important. The financial support that children receive from the other parent is very instrumental in caring and providing for the needs of our children. When custodial parents do not file, they are allowing noncustodial parents to shirk their responsibility. I recommend to parents who say that they do not want the money to open a trust account and save the money and have it available upon graduation from college to their children to provide a fresh start into life.

Here are a few steps to start your order:

o Call your local child support enforcement office to schedule an appointment to open your case.

o Gather as much information as possible regarding the noncustodial parent such as name, birth date, social security number, address, work name and address, telephone number and each child’s name and social security number.

o Bring in birth certificate of each child.

o It may cost $25 to start your case if you are not receiving government assistance.

o Be patient and contact your caseworker on a regular base to get an update on your case. Whenever you receive additional information on the noncustodial parent, provide the information to your caseworker.

There are no reasons why custodial parents should not file for child support or any reasons why noncustodial parents should shirk their responsibility to their children. It is vital that a support order is establish to keep a record of the amount the noncustodial parent should pay. In cases where payments are not received, the system keeps a record and the amount never goes away until the amount is paid or settled by both parents. Our children deserve both parents’ financial support as well as both parents actively involved in their lives.

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The Deadbeat Dad List – How to Stay Off of It

By Vanessa Blais -

Stay­ing off the dead­beat dad list doesn’t have to be, and cer­tainly should not be, a covert oper­a­tion to escape child sup­port debts. In the harsh eco­nomic cli­mate of the United States right now, it’s under­stand­able for any­one to suf­fer the effects of lay­offs and fir­ings, but whether a cou­ple is together or apart, once kids are involved, you pull together to make sure those kids are pro­vided for.

#1. Get rid of the neg­a­tive mind­set. The first indi­ca­tion that a father is a ‘dead­beat dad’ is when he utters the words, “I am not going to pay her bills.” Sim­ple math. Mom makes $24,000 a year, Dad makes $36,000 a year. That’s a com­bined income of $60,000 year when the fam­ily is ‘whole’ and the money goes into a ‘col­lec­tive pot.’ Divorce ensues, and IF Mom is awarded and does get, 1/3 of Dad’s income for ‘sup­port’ that only equates to $12,000 in addi­tion to her $24,000, now giv­ing her only $36,000 a year on which to raise her chil­dren.

This may seem like enough money to raise a child on, but when you con­sider that the fam­ily based their mortgage/rent, car pay­ments, etc, on what they could afford BEFORE the break up, and you see that there is a $40,000 loss to the fam­ily as a whole, dev­as­ta­tion like fore­clo­sure and repossession become a loom­ing real­ity, and unex­pected and unforeseen cat­a­stro­phes no longer have the ben­e­fit of that addi­tional $40,000 year. You are not pay­ing “HER” bills, you are pro­vid­ing for your child.

It could be argued that Mom, or Dad, who­ever the cus­to­dial par­ent is, can down­size to a more afford­able home, and in some cases, that might be in everyone’s best inter­est. BUT, if the chil­dren are in school and have friends in the neigh­bor­hood, it might not be in their best inter­est to cre­ate yet another upheaval in their life. After all, they have just suf­fered a loss from the divorce and they are grieving and have had enough turmoil.

#2. It’s about the kids. It’s not about her, it’s not about you. It’s about THE KIDS. See last para­graph of #1. If you can’t find a job, and she can’t find a job, you make arrange­ments to help each other with child care trade-offs, and with help­ing each other find ways to make money with­out a job.

#3. Goes back to rule #2, find cre­ative ways to make money. The United States is one of the eas­i­est places in the world to become an entre­pre­neur, and the Inter­net has pro­vided no short­age of oppor­tu­ni­ties to do so. One father, who pays his child sup­port on time, had to move to another state for his job. He went out and started col­lect­ing stuff that peo­ple were giv­ing away on Craigslist and sell­ing it on Craigslist, hav­ing garage sales every week­end, and even sell­ing stuff on eBay, just to have the extra money he needed for gas just to drive to exer­cise his vis­i­ta­tion with his daughter.

#4. Don’t pun­ish. Often­times, a par­ent will attempt to do things to ‘pun­ish’ the other par­ent. Look you prob­a­bly both did a lot wrong in the rela­tion­ship. Get over it. The kids deserve the best life that TWO par­ents can give them. They don’t deserve to suf­fer the wrath you have against the other par­ent. It not only hurts them, it makes you look like a sociopath.

#5. And this goes to both par­ents… you need to work together. I real­ize that if you could do that, odds are, you wouldn’t have split in the first place, but think about this… because of your imma­ture deci­sions to divorce, you chil­dren are already suf­fer­ing. Don’t make it any worse. They deserve so much more.

The deadbeat dad list [http://deadbeat-dad-law.info/the-deadbeat-dad-list-how-to-stay-off-of-it/] is one that no one, man or woman, should ever be on. When you are lying on your deathbead, about to meet your maker, you are not going to be thinking, “I wish I could have done my kids other parent more harm.” You are going to think to yourself, “I wish I had been a better parent.” Be the best parent you can be. Take care of the kids. It’s more than not paying support that can make you a deadbeat dad.

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Child Support Enforcement – Parents’ Obligations and Possible Remedies

October 27, 2010 by Maricopa County Court  
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By Yury Byalik -

The greatest advantage any child can have when being raised is the support of two loving and able parents. However not every child has this blessing and often when one parent is unwilling or unable to do their part, both financially and emotionally, to raise their child, issues of child support enforcement can arise.

Child support is a fundamental right for any child born in the USA, it cannot be waived by a parent by prior agreement and the amount of support an absent parent must pay depends upon a variety of factors.

The two main factors are the parents financial ability to pay, as well as the needs of the child. If the parent in question spends some time each week with the child then this is often taken into consideration by a court and can result in lower support payments being required.

Unfortunately however, some parents do not see financial support of their children as a priority or would rather spend their money on other things, when this occurs issues of child support enforcement arise. This enforcement is generally done through the court system who can order fines, damages and seizure of property if a parent does not pay the child support that they owe. In a minority of cases continued failure can result in jail time.

Naturally of course this is a last resort, as having a parent in jail is most certainly not in the interest of the child.

A successful resolution of child support enforcement will occur through a mediation between both parties after taking a parents wage and necessary expenses into account. The child’s financial support entitlement will always come before any luxuries for the parent in question, however no parent would usually end up paying so much child support that they are unable to sustain themselves.

If a parent feels they are not getting what they are entitled too from the other parent, the best way to achieve further child support enforcement is through a lawyer. If they are successful they can usually sue the other parent for the legal fee’s they have run up as well.

In general, dealing with any parent who refuses to financially support their child will be a tough and stressful process. However, by finding a good value lawyer who specializes in such cases the process can be made easier but it is always of the utmost importance to protect the child in question from any knowledge about child support enforcement issues as this could cause emotional trauma for obvious reasons.

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