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Common child support problems

In a perfect world, anybody who owes child support would pay on time and in full every month. In the real world, this is not the way things work out. There are people who obey their child support order. At the same time, there are those who stretch the legal limits of the law.

Here are three of the most common child support problems:

-- Obtaining child support. The court is in charge of deciding how much child support one parent pays to the other.

-- Modification of child support. Just because the court files a child support order does not mean it will remain the same. If either parent has a change in circumstances, such as a job loss, a child support order could be modified. Requesting a modification begins with petitioning the court.

-- Child support enforcement. The court can order a person to pay child support, but that doesn't mean he or she is going to do so. If you are not receiving payments, you must realize this is wrong. You are legally entitled to the money, as it is used to directly support your child or children. In some cases, you may have to look into ways the court order can be enforced.

These are just some of the problems you may face as a parent who pays or receives child support. If you want to learn more about child support, as well as other areas of family law, visit our website. Our "Child Support" webpage will provide you with all the guidance and advice you need to make informed decisions.

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