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USDA calls for implementation of SNAP child support provisions

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs in Kentucky and around the country help nearly 40 million people put food on the table, and many of them are children. Studies reveal that 37% of the children in the United States who have a parent living outside the home live below the poverty line, and many of these children rely on food stamps to eat because their noncustodial parents do not make child support payments.

Financial concerns for stay-at-home parents

When people in Kentucky decide to divorce, there are a number of factors that go into the final settlement. While the emotional and practical aspects of ending a marriage can be the most prominent issues at first, the financial effects of a divorce can linger long after the decree is final. The concerns about financial impact can be especially severe when one spouse is a stay-at-home parent. Across the country, around 25 percent of mothers and 7 percent of fathers stay home to raise the children. This can be a strong choice for many couples, who often value family caregiving and want to provide their children with a nurturing home environment.

Paying child support while disabled

Parents in Kentucky and other states may be required to pay child support even if they become disabled. However, a disability may make it difficult as a practical matter to work for the money needed to make those payments. The circumstances surrounding a noncustodial parent's disability will play a role in determining that person's ongoing support obligation. In most cases, a court will issue a temporary modification if the disability is expected to be temporary.

Amending custody orders not always easy, but possible

Custody after divorce is often a contentious issue for parents in Kentucky and throughout America. In many cases, custody decisions are based on factors like income stability and safe living conditions. It's important to note, however, that custody decisions may change as a child ages or when certain criteria are met.

Personality traits that lead to divorce

Marriage is typically a time of excitement, hopefulness and change for the marrying couple. Nevertheless, maintaining a marital union over the years is hard work. Couples who may not have been very compatible from the beginning are even more likely to have difficulty staying together.

The health impacts of divorcing later in life

Kentuckians over 50 are divorcing in greater and greater numbers. In fact, the rate of divorce for this group has doubled since 1990. The phenomenon has been referred to as gray divorce, and it is linked with heightened symptoms of depression and other health problems. A professor of clinical psychiatry and geriatric psychiatrist said she often sees people who've divorced later in life develop anxiety or chronic stress.

Child support cases reflect different situations

Kentucky parents who have entered the child support system recently may find all of the specialized terminology confusing or frustrating. It may not be clear why some families pay child support privately while others pay it through a state-monitored system. There are four different categories of child support cases -- IV-D, IV-A, IV-E and non-IV-D -- that all deal with these payment arrangements.

Student loan debt can be a factor in divorce

Young people in Kentucky are often dealing with mounting student debt and lengthy repayment periods. On average, student loan borrowers around the country have an outstanding balance of $34,144, and for people who graduated college as part of the class of 2017, they had an average debt burden of $39,400. Statistics show that the number of people who owe $50,000 or more has tripled in the past 10 years. Large student loan bills can place an extreme amount of psychological pressure on a borrower, and financial issues can already be some of the most difficult issues that a relationship can face.

Negotiating alimony during a divorce settlement

There are two main sources of contention that may affect anyone getting a divorce in Kentucky. While child custody is often the biggest battle, this is followed by spousal support. Alimony-related matters can quickly become complex since this is usually one of the final issues worked out among divorcing couples. While each situation where alimony is involved might have some unique circumstances to consider, there are certain steps that could make the process less contentions during negotiation efforts.

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