Child Support Laws in Mississippi
In the state of Mississippi, after a divorce has occurred as part of the settlement child custody and income participation by the noncustodial parent will be determined. This is based on several factors and considered by the state of Mississippi to be a binding contract. The child will be supported monetarily until he or she reaches age 21. If if they marry, stop attending school full time, or become independent, then the payments will cease.
What Constitutes Income When Considering Child Support
Child support is based on the gross income of both parents for the past year. This can include ANY money that either have made and can include gambling winnings, lottery money, workers compensation money, disability, pensions, investment accounts, and any bonuses. The noncustodial parent will be required to pay the custodial parent a certain amount of money per month for the wellbeing and raising of their child.
What the Court Takes Into Consideration when Assigning Mississippi Child Support Amounts
In Mississippi the court will take into consideration other children that the noncustodial parent may have living with him at the time. They will consider the age of the child, child support obligations for other children, and the financial resources of the child and other parent. The court will also look into any insurance policies, health and dental policies and if deemed necessary will require the noncustodial parent to carry those children on their policies until they turn 21 or declare themselves emancipated.
Filing for Child Support in Mississippi
After the court order is issued, then the custodial parent will need to go to the state website (this is the easiest way) and file for support. This just starts a paper trail and notifies the courts that you are receiving payments from your former partner on behalf of the child. You should do this EVEN if you are receiving payments directly from the noncustodial parent. If you currently receive any type of federal aid (TANF, for example), then there is no fee to apply for child support. Otherwise there is a fee of 25$ to apply through the Office of Child Support Enforcement. This same office can do paternity tests, find parents that have crossed state lines, as well as levy significant fines on those parents who are refusing to pay. Most aid is received within less than a month of applying. Keep in mind that just because you receive child support from the child’s father or mother, does not entitle them to visit the child. Visitation/custody is different from child support and is handled by different offices. Here are the various offices involved: http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/csemdhs.html
To see how much money you could receive in the state of Mississippi, you can use the following calculator. Keep in mind that it can’t take into account all of the little unique details of your life, but it can give you a good idea: http://divorcesupport.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=divorcesupport&cdn=people&tm=7&f=20&tt=2&bt=0&bts=67&zu=http%3A//www.alllaw.com/calculators/childsupport/minnesota/