Many Kentucky parents who have gone through a divorce have child support orders in place that require their children's other parent to pay monthly support. Unfortunately, some parents are deadbeats who willfully attempt to avoid paying child support and sometimes move to other states in order to evade their obligations.
For many Kentucky parents, getting a divorce can mean splitting up the family. They may not get to see their children as often as they would like and the stress and arguments can result can potentially have an impact on the children. As such, it is in the best interests of the children for parents to put them first.
A Kentucky parent who is not receiving court-ordered child support payments from the other parent may be able to collect on the back payments after their child turns 18 years old. Although most child support orders are terminated once a child reaches adulthood, a noncustodial parent's obligation to pay the outstanding child support balance will not go away.
Kentucky parents might expect that after a divorce, the amount of conflict they have with each other might dissipate. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. However, they must be careful to avoid exposing their children to that turmoil. They should also not use their children as messengers or as sounding boards for their frustration. Parents who need additional support should turn to friends or a therapist.
Child custody is an important legal issue when parents become separated or divorced. Kentucky law provides parameters and rights for parents and children when determining custody issues. Generally, parents have the right to visitation with their children regardless of other child-related issues such as payment of child support.