There are some parents in Washington State who owe thousands of dollars in back child support. Normally, these parents fall into one of two categories: those who are financially unable to pay support and those who refuse to pay support. In most cases, you would expect someone famous -- or even infamous -- to keep current on his or her child support payments. One such person has made the list of the most wanted deadbeat parents in Washington State.
Divorce can bring out a lot of emotions: Sadness, anger and resentment are just a few. Unfortunately, giving into these emotions can end up costing a divorcing dad a lot more than just higher litigation costs during the court proceedings. Here are some very common mistakes that divorcing dads often make, especially when it comes to child support and visitation.
Child support is paid by a non-custodial parent, but what happens when a man paying child support is not actually a child's father? The current law in Washington allows men to challenge paternity within four years. Paternity is assumed if a couple was married about the time a child was born.
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Washington state parents may find themselves struggling over the issue of child support, which can be contentious in a divorce or in a break up. Across the nation, there are billions of dollars in back child support, a telling fact that many parents are not paying as they are ordered to be. Additionally, many custodial parents do not know how to pursue the other parent if they have not been keeping up their end of their child support payments.
Divorce changes the game for many families, especially when involved children grow in age. Child support has been paid and when prospective colleges come knocking - or your child goes knocking on their doors - it's probably about time for these payments to come to an end. But isn't paying for college a kind of child support in its own way? Even if it is after the end of the support period, many parents hash out a plan to pay for college during the divorce proceedings. Usually, this is included in the divorce settlement to make sure that both parents will stick to it and may even be legally held accountable for the parameters of said plan.
After the divorce is over and child support has been determined, many parents in Vancouver, Washington, have discovered that some circumstances that led to the current state of support have changed. This may mean that one of the parents has received a promotion or lost a job. It could also mean an unexpected medical condition or a new marriage. If it affects a divorced parent's finances -- regardless of what it is -- it could play a role in reconsidering the monthly payments that make up child support.
Experts often worry that children will get caught in the middle of their parents' divorces, leaving them in an extremely vulnerable position. In the past, parents in Vancouver, Washington, have put their children in the middle of their disputes without thinking twice. Unfortunately, it is likely that this will happen in the future, too. Some have gone to court over child support issues, citing delinquent payments as the reason that the noncustodial parent is barred from seeing her or his child. Though many parents may restrict access to a child for the noncustodial parent when she or he is not doing what the courts ordered, this practice is illegal.
Parents in the middle of a divorce can easily find themselves caught up in the legal battle, ignoring the fact that their children are more than just something to hash out in the split. The child custody determination culminates with a ruling that decides which parent will get to be the custodial guardian while the other is limited to visitation time and monthly payments of child support.
As an increased focus turns toward individuals who have not paid their overdue child support in Washington, a growing number of shocking stories are appearing throughout the nation with regard to custody and related issues. One video-gone-viral out of Nashville, Tennessee, illustrates the legal difficulty that can accompany efforts to collect child support checks from resistant parents.