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Enforcement of child support: What are your options?

Even when a noncustodial parent is ordered by the court to make child support payments, it doesn't mean that he or she will actually do so. For one reason or another, there could come a point when you realize that you are not going to receive payments as required by law.

As the custodial parent, you should look into the action you can take in order to receive the money you deserve. The court can impose a variety of consequences for failure to make child support payments, such as:

  • Wage garnishment
  • Withholding federal income tax refunds
  • Seizing property
  • Suspending a business or occupational license
  • Revoking the person's driver's license
  • The denial of a passport

Top questions children ask about divorce

There are many challenges associated with the divorce process, including the conversation you'll have with your children.

It's never easy to tell a child about your divorce, as you don't know how he or she will react. Furthermore, you're sure to have several questions thrown your way, some of which can be difficult to answer.

Financial challenges facing parents after divorce

Once you realize that your marriage is doomed and divorce is the only answer, it's time to turn your attention to the future.

As scary as it may be, the sooner you look down the road, the easier it becomes to implement a financial plan that will keep you safe and sound.

Don’t let child custody matters spoil your summer vacation

Planning a summer vacation can be a lot of fun, especially if you'll be traveling with your child or children.

Unfortunately, if you're divorced, matters of child custody can get in the way. Here are some steps you can take to avoid trouble:

  • Talk to the other parent about your plans in advance: You shouldn't spring your vacation plans on this person at the last minute, as it may upset him or her.
  • Stick with your schedule: Once you have a vacation schedule in place, don't change too many details. For example, if you alter the dates, it could get in the way of something the other parent has planned for your child.
  • Review your child custody agreement: Before you do anything, review your agreement to make sure you're not doing anything that will violate it. For example, if you're not allowed to take your child out of the country, you shouldn't attempt to do so.
  • Let your child stay in touch with their other parent during the trip: Telling your children that they aren't allowed to contact their other parent can spoil an otherwise good time. Encourage them to keep an open line of communication, such as via text messages or regular phone calls.

Have you answered these divorce questions?

As you close in on the divorce process, don't be surprised if you have hundreds of questions rolling through your mind. While some are more important than others, you need to address each and every one in a timely manner.

Here are some of the many divorce questions that you can't afford to put off, as they will have an impact on the process from beginning to end:

  • Are you completely sure that you want to move forward with divorce? Have you tried everything possible to fix your marriage?
  • How much does it cost to complete the divorce process?
  • How long does it take for a divorce to be finalized?
  • What are the goals and benefits of divorce mediation?
  • What happens if divorce mediation does not work?
  • Does the court require that I work with a divorce attorney?
  • What happens if my divorce case moves to the courtroom?
  • What happens if you decide to get back together with your spouse?

Co-parenting: Do these things to avoid a fight

Once your divorce is finalized and your parenting agreement is in place, you'll know what's expected of you in regards to the way you raise your child.

Co-parenting is every bit as challenging as it sounds, especially if your ex-spouse is not willing to do his or her part in making it easier.

Are you familiar with the goals of divorce mediation?

It's one thing to say that you're going to use divorce mediation to your advantage, but another thing entirely to understand what you're getting into as the process moves forward.

It's imperative to become familiar with the many goals of divorce mediation, as this will give you a clear idea of what to expect along the way and how to adjust your approach to put yourself in a position to succeed.

How to tell your child you’re getting a divorce

There is a lot to think about as you move closer to divorce, as you realize that your life will no longer be the same.

While this is sure to impact you, don't overlook the way your child will feel. You need to be sure that he or she understands what's going on, and that you and the other parent will do whatever it takes to help him or her through this difficult time.

A parenting agreement can alleviate child custody concerns

The creation of a parenting agreement can go a long way in making your life easier after divorce. Despite the fact that your life will change in many ways, your agreement can keep you on the right track in regards to how you raise your child (or children).

As the name suggests, a parenting agreement outlines a variety of important points in regards to custody and how you and your ex-spouse will parent and raise your child in the future.

Have you readied your finances for the divorce process?

There is a lot to think about if you decide to push forward with divorce. From child custody to property division, your mind will be moving from one subject to the next.

While the process itself is important, you need to focus a good amount of your attention on the future. You need to understand how the divorce process will impact your finances down the road.

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