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Considerations regarding child support and moving to another state

Oklahoma parents who pay or receive child support and are considering moving to a different state might question how this might affect custody and support issues. Logically, thinking about cost-of-living and a child's best interest, there might be a question of how constant support amounts remain throughout the country. They might be surprised that amounts vary widely due to other factors in how states calculate support payments.

Being an active non-custodial parent

Oklahoma parents who decide to divorce may have a number of questions to answer about child custody. While joint or shared custody is becoming a more popular choice for families, it is not necessarily the right choice for every family. Employment, housing, location and other issues may play into a final decision about how to handle custody for a particular family. However, just because a parent does not have primary physical custody, this does not need to mean that he or she is not deeply involved in and engaged with the child's life.

Valid Reasons for Modifying a Child Custody Arrangement

In Tulsa, a child custody arrangement does not always work. Sometimes, a parent may need to ask the court for a child custody modification. However, the parent needs to have a good reason for the change because a judge may prefer to abide by the original arrangement. A judge is likely to grant a child custody & support modification request if the parent can prove that the child's life is in danger.

Filing a child support modification request

Divorced parents in Oklahoma who are owed child support payments should be aware of potential limitations on when and why they can request modifications. For example, if the non-custodial parent has a significant increase in income, this may be a reason to request a modification. However, some states place limits on how often a parent can request a modification. In some states, a parent can only request a modification every 24 months.

The value of being a good parent after divorce

The typical marriage has about a 50/50 chance of ending in divorce. When a marriage ends, it can have an impact on both children and parents alike. Therefore, it is important that Oklahoma parents are able to get past any issues that they have with their former partners and focus on the needs of their children. Generally speaking, children will model the behaviors that are passed down from their parents.

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