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How to revise a parenting schedule for the summer

Even when a parenting schedule has been working well for divorced Kentucky couples, they might need to change it when summer rolls around. Kids' schedules may change when they are not built around the routine of school. Even summer schedules that have worked up to this point may need changing as children get older.

Dealing with child support payments after financial changes

For some parents in Kentucky, keeping up with court-mandated child support payments may seem impossible. While the payments are meant to provide children with the funds they need to live a full life, the support order is generally based on a formula tied to the parents' income. However, in some cases, parents' financial situations change dramatically after the original support order is issued. While a formula is used to calculate that initial order, there is no automatic recalculation based on financial changes. Therefore, some parents may be struggling to make ends meet and find themselves facing child support debt.

How child support helps parents

Custodial parents in Kentucky and throughout the country may receive funds from noncustodial parents to help raise their children. It is important that these funds are used solely to take care of a child's expenses. If a payment is more than a parent needs in a given month, it should be kept in reserve to cover other future expenses. There are many different ways a child support payment can be used to help a child.

What a parent should bring to a child support appointment

Parents who are seeking child support in Kentucky will need to visit a local Office of Child Support Enforcement to complete the process. This is generally true even if it was started online. At this office visit, it will be necessary to show a valid ID, the child's birth certificate and general information about the child's other parent. Parents may also be required to show proof of income and proof of paternity.

Mother of rapper Gucci Mane's child asks for more support

Kentucky fans of rapper Gucci Mane may have heard that the mother of his son is asking him for more in child support. According to Mane's autobiography, he was unaware of the child until the son was 10 months old. He took a paternity test to verify that he was the father after people commented that the child looked like him.

Getting started with child support

When parents in Kentucky first begin to deal with child support, they may feel confused and overwhelmed. Many parents first are in contact with the support system after a divorce or other breakup, and they may feel emotionally vulnerable and uneasy. While most people know that non-custodial parents have an obligation to provide financially for their children, they may not understand how the determination is made or how a child support order is put into place.

The four different types of child support arrangements explained

Many people assume that child support is something one former spouse simply pays to the ex who happens to have custody. While this is one common way this type of financial assistance may work in Kentucky, there are other child support arrangements that can also be set up. Support cases are broken down as IV-A, IV-D, and IV-E cases and non-IV-D cases. The "IV" refers to a provision of the Social Security Act that provides grants to states to cover financial needs for families with children.

Child support and hiding income

In most Kentucky divorces, both parents are committed to ensuring that their children are provided for. However, there are some cases in which a parent with child support obligations deliberately takes steps to reduce his or her income to avoid making payments.

Single parents and child support figures

Despite what some political commentators may think, the average single parent in Kentucky is not receiving excessive amounts of child support. According to the Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support report issued by the United State Census Bureau, actual child support statistics indicate that the opposite is true.

Child support enforcement across state lines

When single parents in Kentucky get short-changed on court-mandated child support payments, they may wonder what they can do to aid enforcement. Child support funds can be critical to maintaining the health, well-being and education of children. Therefore, enforcing these orders is often a major priority for both federal and state governments. One of the most successful tactics for collecting unpaid child support on an ongoing basis is payroll deductions.

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