Kansas parents and others who are divorced or separated may be entitled to child support payments. While these payments typically end when a child turns 18, there are exceptions to this rule. For instance, parents may receive financial assistance until a child graduates from high school or until a son or daughter turns 21. Noncustodial parents may be required to help pay a son or daughter's college tuition or make additional support payments for an adult child who is in college.
There is a certain sense of finality that comes with divorce, yet despite this feeling, you and all of the others involved in your proceedings will eventually regain the perspective that life does indeed go on. Not only does it continue for you and your now ex-spouse, but it also does for your kids. That means years and years of more soccer games, dance recitals, band camps and beauty pageants. As you know, all of these activities cost money, and this prompts many to come to us here at the Stange Law Firm PC with the same question: who pays for it?
You may hear stories about people in Wichita going to prison for having missed child support payments. If and when such an obligation is imposed on you, your love and concern for you children likely prompts you to commit to never falling behind on any payments. Yet you cannot predict the future, and events may transpire that put your ability to pay into jeopardy. Many child support obligors have come to us here at the Stange Law Firm over the years concerned about their ability to make their payments. While financial struggles do indeed happen, you should avoid missing payments as much as you are able.
Both parents are obligated to invest in their child's well-being. This includes a financial investment, which often involves the non-custodial parent making child support parents to help the parent with primary custody provide for the child. But what if your ex refuses to make payments as ordered by the court? The Administration for Children & Families answers your questions so you can take the right steps to address the issue.
Foregoing your career ambitions to stay home and raise your kids in Wichita may be a sacrifice that you are perfectly willing to make. Yet what happens, then, if you and your spouse subsequently choose to get a divorce? The simple answer is that you re-enter the workforce. Yet if your kids are still at an age where they require consistent adult supervision, that may be difficult. Daycare quickly becomes a necessity, yet its costs can be high. Thus, many in your same situation come to us here at the Stange Law Firm PC asking if sharing such costs can be included in their divorce agreements.
Even after your divorce in Wichita, the love that you feel for your children does not change (nor does your desire to provide for them). Your financial circumstances, however, could, and this may place you in the position of struggling to meet your child support obligation. Many come to us here at the Stange Law Firm PC in this same situation questioning what their options are (and concerned that they may face legal trouble if they are unwilling to make their payments). If you share this same fear, you will be happy to know that there is indeed a way to modify your child support agreement.
People often focus on some of the more commonly-discussed consequences associated with unpaid child support, which include stiff financial penalties and being taken into custody. Although these are serious concerns that should worry any parent who has fallen behind on their child support, there are other consequences that may lie ahead for you if you are delinquent on your child support responsibilities. For example, you may not be able to get a passport and this could prevent you from traveling, potentially derailing plans that have been in place for months and sometimes years.
If asked to come up with an image of a deadbeat dad, most in Wichita may likely envision a man with no job, few prospects and little money. This likely comes from the assumption that those who can afford to make child support payments would, if (for nothing else) than to the avoid the potential legal trouble that can come from missing it. Yet the concept of the "deadbeat dad" may be more of a reflection of an attitude than it is one's financial situation.
It is assumed that most parents in Wichita have no problem supporting their kids. Yet like many of those that we here at Stange Law Firm have worked with in the past, you might find yourself dealing with an ex-spouse or former partner that cannot (or does not want to) do it. He or she might get the idea that as long as he or she is not drawing in income, the courts cannot impose a child support obligation on him or her. He or she will likely be unpleasantly surprised to find out that is not the case.