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Child support as a military service person

Going through a divorce as a military service person can be particularly difficult, since you may be serving in another country while you are facing divorce. For a service member, it is considered a duty to support the rest of the family. Therefore, whether a the service member is married or not does not matter.

However, just because you as a service member need to support your family both before and after your divorce, it does not mean that the process of calculating the amount that you should pay is simple. The process is almost the same as it is for nonmilitary child support providers.

There are usually child support calculation formulas that are set by each state, but all formulas are intended to be used as guides. The courts have the ability to make adjustments on behalf of military families, because they understand that every family is different and has differing needs.

Sometimes, the other parent feels that he or she cannot financially cope and cannot wait until the scheduled court date in order to receive his or her payments. In this case, they may request interim child support payments to keep them going until the court date arrives. The commanding officer of the parent that should be paying child support will need to offer advice and assistance in this case.

If you are struggling to navigate the child support process as a military service member and as a parent, it is important to conduct thorough research so that you are equipped to face any challenge that comes your way.

Source: findlaw, "Military child support key legal issues," accessed Oct. 27, 2017

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