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Misconceptions about child support

46651051_S.jpgSome Missouri parents may resent paying child support, but there are strategies parents can take to protect themselves financially. There are also some misunderstandings about how child support works. It is important for parents to keep in mind that however angry they are at an ex-spouse, child support is not for the benefit of their ex-spouse. It is for the benefit of their children.

Some angry ex-spouses who were higher earners in the marriage may complain that they were taken advantage of financially during the divorce. It is important for people to understand their financial obligations and rights during a divorce. While they may be required to pay child support and alimony, these are based on income among other factors. Divorce may sometimes have a negative financial impact on people, but the aim of the court is not to leave either parent destitute.

In some cases, child support may be calculated based on a parent's income, and then that income could be reduced through unemployment or for another reason. Parents can apply for a modification. If they simply stop paying instead and wait until a spouse pursues them for child support, this can be a long battle. However, if parents act proactively, this is generally addressed much more quickly. Parents do have to make any delinquent payments from prior to the modification.

Paying child support and alimony among other financial obligations can be stressful, and collecting child support from a reluctant payer can be as well. Ideally, parents are both focused on the best interests of the child and are able to communicate effectively, but this is not always the case. However, even if the relationship between parents is full of conflict, a paying parent who is struggling to keep up with support payments should try to work with the court system instead of avoiding the issue.

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