When it comes to past due child support, many parents automatically assume that they forfeit their chance to collect any payments once their child reaches the age of 18. However, as demonstrated by the experience of one Midwest mom, this is not always the case.
In general, if there has been a substantial change in a person's financial circumstances -- salary cut, termination, onset of terminal illness, etc. -- they may petition the court to lower the amount of their monthly child support payments. It should be noted, however, that the court will take a multitude of factors into consideration when making this important decision.
It's perfectly normal and understandable for married couples to have small squabbles over seemingly minor issues like housework or picking up the kids from school. However, there is one issue that, while seemingly minor, often turns out to be a source of significant marital discord that can culminate in the filing of divorce papers.
One of the unfortunate aspects of many divorces here in the United States is that they sometimes result in ongoing legal battles over the payment of child support. Specifically, a mother may have to go to court to secure payment from a father who is intentionally withholding funds, while a father may have to go to court to petition for a modification in the amount of child support paid due to a substantial change in his circumstances.
History was made yesterday when the Affordable Care Act, otherwise referred to in the popular media as Obamacare, began its official rollout. Specifically, people here in Minnesota and across the U.S. are now able to log onto the Internet to shop for coverage at state-run health insurance exchanges offering customers multi-layered policy levels (i.e., bronze, silver, gold, platinum).