Thousands of couples across the country and here in Utah have children together without being married. If the relationship ends, dealing with child custody issues can quickly become complicated. Just because a man is listed on the birth certificate, it does not mean that he has any parental rights or responsibilities when it comes to his child.
Many Utah fathers -- and mothers in some cases -- understand and embrace their duty to support their children after a divorce. Making child support payments is just part of what they do as good parents. This is how one out-of-state man feels about his obligation, but when his state began taking payments from both his full-time and part-time jobs, he had enough.
Utah parents may agree that when it comes to getting divorced, few things that spark debate like the amount of child support the noncustodial parent is ordered to pay. It is an issue that the parties often deal with long after the divorce proceedings are over. One of the issues that can be confusing to many noncustodial parents is what is included as income for purposes of calculating child support.
Parents in Ogden who are divorced know that child custody disputes can cause great emotional pain for everyone involved. Though many divorced parents successfully co-parent their children, in other cases the parents cannot agree on custody, visitation, child support and other issues. Even after the family law court has ruled on these questions, divorced people sometimes struggle to abide by the order. Emotions often boil over. Sometimes, unfortunately, violence enters the picture.
When parents divorce in Ogden and the court orders one parent to pay child support, the process arranging the payments is generally fairly straightforward. But over time, the custodial parent may decide to take the children and move out of Utah with either the other parent's consent or the court's permission. This could also happen with unmarried parents. As time goes on and multiple state child support agencies get involved, the chances of errors in child support collection go up.
Obtaining a child support modification order in the state of Utah can be a complicated process. Following a divorce, a spouse may realize that the original order of support is not nearly enough to meet the basic needs of his or her child's day-to-day expenses.