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Determining which parent pays child support

The court system in Montana has significant latitude in establishing child support orders. State guidelines use a consistent standard throughout the various departments and related agencies. According to Montana Child Support Guidelines, each case is determined based on the circumstances and individual needs of the child. The goal is to ensure the marriage dissolution does not adversely affect the child’s standard of living.

Does my ex have any say in how I spend child support?

During your divorce, you and your ex followed Montana's guidelines for determining child support, and the judge's ruling set it in stone. Your child's other parent has no quarrel with the amount, but does want to know exactly how you're spending that money. Do you have to provide a breakdown?

Back child support and travel plans

With respect to child support, there are many different challenges parents encounter. For example, a parent may worry about being arrested for failing to pay child support after losing their job or struggle with the costs associated with raising a child because they are not receiving what they are owed. It is very important for parents to resolve these situations, and those who are unable to pay child support should be aware of the repercussions associated with falling behind. Moreover, you may want to explore the modification of your child support order if you are going through this.

Bracing yourself for child support payments

Parents work through a wide variety of challenges on a regular basis, whether these difficulties involve their child's school (transportation, grades, etc.) or some other facet of raising children. However, when a couple splits up, it can be particularly hard for them to move forward, especially if they have kids. For some, child support payments and the financial consequences of divorce can become a major issue.

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