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Payroll withholding key to Kentucky child support collection

According to the commissioner of the Office of Child Support Enforcement, almost two-thirds of all collected child support payments are made via electronic portals. Collecting through payroll withholding accounted for $24.4 billion of the $32.4 billion in total child support payments made across the country in 2017. Additionally, the OSCE recorded more than 67 million reported new hires in 2017.

Seeking child support when a parent is voluntarily unemployed

When a former Kentucky couple splits up, the parent who does not have primary custody of the kids may likely be ordered to pay child support. While these payments are often supposed to be made to help the parent with primary custody pay for the children's clothing, food, medical care and other child-related expenses, some people attempt to avoid making payments, leaving the full cost of raising the children on the primary custodian.

Technologies improve for child support enforcement

For families in Northern Kentucky dealing with the effects of divorce, unpaid or delinquent child support can be a major concern, especially for single parents struggling to cover their children's everyday expenses. Because of the potential for serious impact on a child's health and well-being, child support enforcement is a priority for agencies at the federal and state levels. One of the most widely used and effective mechanisms to ensure child support payments are collected has been the use of wage garnishment and payroll withholding at a parent's place of employment.

Shared parenting can help resolve custody concerns

Dealing with child custody is often a major concern for divorced parents in Kentucky. While there are many widely held beliefs about shared parenting and child custody, many assumptions are inaccurate. Shared parenting, in which both of the parents share physical and often legal custody of a child, is an increasingly popular standard for courts working out parenting plans.

The possiblity of getting a divorce

There are many different reasons why married couples in Kentucky may decide to go their separate ways. Those who are still considering getting married may benefit from learning about the factors that can increase the likelihood of their getting a divorce.

Wage garnishments, child support and demographic data

Some Kentucky workers may have their wages garnished if they have unpaid child support. A study released on Sept. 27 by the ADP Research Institute found that around 7 percent of workers nationwide have their wages garnished for some type of debt. More than 70 percent of garnishments are of men's wages, and these are largely for child support. When women's wages are garnished, it is usually for other types of debts.

Determining which assets to take in a divorce

When Kentucky residents get a divorce, they may have to divide martial assets with their former spouses. However, it is important to know that not all assets are equal. For instance, it may seem ideal to keep a family home, but the costs of maintaining it in addition to making a mortgage payment may not be worth it. These costs may not be affordable when they are paid with one income instead of two.

Establishing paternity through a DNA test

When Kentucky parents are not married, the alleged father of the child may be asked by the mother to pay child support. Before the court will order the alleged father to pay, however, those involved in the child support dispute will usually be required to undergo DNA testing.

Divorce myths can mislead separating spouses

Sometimes, it seems to estranged Kentucky couples that everyone has gone through a divorce. While this can help them receive a sympathetic ear, it can also lead to a surfeit of incorrect legal advice from well-intentioned, yet ill-informed, friends and family members.

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