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What should I know about child support in Kentucky?

Along with the many other traumatic aspects of divorce, you may also be concerned about the procedure for handling child support in Kentucky. To this end, it’s essential that both parents are fully informed about the process, despite whether you are considered the custodial or non-custodial parent. Like in many other areas of divorce, having the right information will often facilitate a much smoother process. addresses some of the frequently asked questions regarding child support in the state, including how the custodial and non-custodial parents are defined. You are considered the custodial parent if you possess physical custody of the child in question. Conversely, the non-custodial parent does not have physical custody and as a result will be required to remit child support payments as specified by the court. Both parents are considered to be financially responsible for their children, and support amounts are determined with this in mind.

In the event that the non-custodial parent does not remit support payments, the state has a few different enforcement options at its disposal. In some cases, non-payment can result in a seizure of your ex’s tax refund, or a revocation of a license (including driver’s and hunting and fishing licenses). The non-custodial parent may also be required to appear before a court, which can result in a serving jail time.

The court can also choose to withhold income from the non-custodial parent until outstanding child support is paid. Many different types of income are subject to withholding, including disability benefits, regularly earned wages, retirement funds, wages provided by the unemployment office and workers’ compensation payments. Things like benefits provided for military veteran status and public assistance are usually exempt from withholding.


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