When a couple separates, all sorts of difficulties may come into their lives, but this is especially true for those who have children. As if issues such as child custody and explaining the separation to kids are not challenging enough, other matters, such as child support, can further complicate a couple’s decision to split up. There are many hurdles that may need to be overcome with respect to child support, whether a parent is unable to pay what they owe or provide for their child because they are not receiving what they are owed. Moreover, child support issues can bring up very strong emotions.
On the one hand, a parent that cannot pay child support for whatever reason (losing their job, suffering from a costly medical condition, etc.) may experience high levels of stress. Stress can be so severe that it interferes with their work, which may create additional financial strain. Other emotions, such as feeling depressed and hopeless, may also arise and can also generate problems. On the other hand, a parent who is not receiving the child support they are owed may also struggle with severe stress because they worry about providing their child with food, school supplies, and other essentials. Furthermore, they may be angry with their child’s other parent for failing to pay child support.
These negative emotions can lead to even more difficulties and may get in the way of progress. However, our law office certainly understands why people can become so emotional with regard to child support and the relevant section on our site goes over these family law matters.