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Can college expenses be included in child support?

After a child graduates high school, they have the option of the going to college and furthering their education. This isn't always an option that people take advantage of, but when they do, both the child and the parents will quickly realize just how expensive college can be. From tuition and books to travel and room and board, it does not take much for the money to add up.

What income sources can be used to determine child support?

If parents don't see eye to eye, any topic regarding their children can be stressful to discuss. One common point of contention is the topic of child support. Sometimes, the paying parent may feel he or she is being required to pay an unfairly excessive amount. But the amount arrived at by the court is typically contingent upon a person's assets and perceived ability to pay.

The right and wrong way to spend child support

It is a common misconception that child support is designed to cover the basic necessities of life. Child support is actually intended to be spent on a wide variety of expenses. While it is the hope of every paying parent that their child support payments are going to the direct benefit of their children, the spending habits of one parent may have the other questioning their decisions.

Consequences for failing to pay child support

When two people have a child together, planned or not, that child is the responsibility of both parents. Not only should they be working together to raise the child in a safe, loving environment, they should also be making sure the child's needs are being met mentally, emotionally and financially. This is something that all parents are aware of, but there are many who still fail to care for their child and give them the support they need financially. When a parent ignores their responsibility and decides not to pay child support, there are a number of ways their child is still able to get the money they need to be properly cared for by both of their parents.

How child support can be used by custodial parents

Raising a child is a huge responsibility that not everyone may be ready for when it happens. Despite parents not being ready to have a child, they must contribute in a number of different ways to the child's life before and after they are born. If two parents are no longer together, one parent may be asked to contribute by paying child support.

How do I know I am eligible for child support?

Child support can sometimes be a difficult topic for parents to discuss. While people may feel that they are contributing enough financially, the parent who is actually caring for the child may disagree and demand more money. Since there may not be a court order in place, the custodial parent could easily make a request that the noncustodial parent pay child support. They may end up getting the money they requested regardless of what the other parent feels. Some parents may think that they are entitled to child support just because they have the child more than the other parent, but there are many factors a parent should look at if they want to know if they are eligible for child support from their ex.

Soon incarcerated parents may not have to pay child support

Parents who are required to pay child support don't always make their monthly payments like they are supposed to. For whatever reason, they may feel as though it is OK to ignore the fact that their child is growing and requires the aid of both parents financially, as well as in other ways. For parents who are behind bars, their failure to pay child support isn't always because of they do not want to, but for another reason.

Request child support from your child's other parent

There are a number of things that parents will disagree on when they are trying to raise a child together. It can be especially difficult to work together when the parents are separated, and one of them has custody of their child. They may have managed to find a custody arrangement that works best for the both of them, but when it comes to child support, parents don't always see eye to eye. However, no matter what the noncustodial parent may feel, the child needs to be supported by both parents, which is why the custodial parent should request child support.

How a modification in child support can help your child

Child custody and support can sometimes be touchy subjects for parents. Not only may the noncustodial parent be upset that they were not awarded custody of their child, they may not be too happy about having to pay child support either. In many cases, after a parent has been ordered to pay child support, they will continue to pay that specific amount until the agreement ends or there is a request made by the other parent to increase the amount they are paying.

Larry Johnson's failure to pay child support costs him his home

Parents who are ordered to pay child support should always take responsibility and contribute financially to the life of their child. Even though many people step up and adhere to the child support order, there are some who make the decision to not pay child support. When they decide to do this they are affecting their child negatively, as there are parents out there who may not be able to support their child without the assistance of the other parent. Mothers and fathers may continue to ignore the fact that their child needs financial support, but sooner or later, they may have to face the consequences of their decision.