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Child Support Awareness Month prompts community events

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 17, 2012 in Child Support

Connecticut parents may be interested to know that August is Child Support Awareness Month nationwide. Communities across the country are holding events in honor of the month. By dedicating an entire month of the year to remembering the importance child support payments, the nation shows its dedication to supporting children as much as possible.

Child support is intended to benefit children whose parents are separated. Child support payments may be used to purchase a child's basic necessities or for additional expenses, like school supplies and travel costs. The payment amount is determined by a formula which takes into account the incomes of both parents. Payments are usually made by the non-custodial parent.

To celebrate Child Support Awareness Month, one Ohio county is holding free legal information sessions for both parents who pay and receive child support. The goal of the program is to help both parents understand the legal aspects of their child support better. Understanding the rights and responsibilities regarding child support payments is important for both parents.

According to the report, many parents have had difficulty making child support payments in the current economy. This creates a challenge for both parents, since the parent who is behind in payments can experience negative consequences for this and the parent receiving payments will likely experience financial pressures as well.

If the current payment amount is too much for a parent to manage, a modification of the child support agreement can be made. Consulting an attorney knowledgeable in Connecticut's child support laws will likely make this process easier.

Source: News-Herald, "Free Legal Aid clinics help parents deal with child support problems," Tracey Read, Aug. 16, 2012