what to be aware of when divorcing your spouse
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what to be aware of when divorcing your spouse

Every marriage is not meant to last forever. No matter what the reasoning behind the divorce, it is important to have legal representation for each side. I almost lost everything because my former spouse said that he was taking care of things and that he would be fair about how the assets were divided. It took several weeks for me to find out what he was up to. It was then that I hired my own attorney and got what I deserved. You should never attempt to go through a divorce without a lawyer working on your side. On my site, I have listed several of the issues that can get overlooked if you are inexperienced with divorce documents and proceedings.


what to be aware of when divorcing your spouse

Workers Compensation And Child Support: What Happens?

Joy Johnson

Worker's compensation covers when an employee becomes injured while they are working. If someone has other legal obligations – such as child support payments – it is normal to wonder whether or not it will have any impact on your worker's compensation claim.

What Does Child Support Consider as Income?

When a court judge orders someone to pay child support it is based on the parent's income. The person responsible for making the payments can either send a check every month, every week, or every couple of weeks. If there has been an issue about sending the money on time, people can opt for having the funds taken directly out of their payroll check. Having the money automatically taken from a payroll check is a convenience to both parties as one doesn't have to remember to send the money and the other doesn't have to go searching for it. 

The question is – are all types of income taken into account when determining how much child support a person should pay each month? Any taxable income an individual receives is open for review when child support is being considered. Receiving worker's compensation would fall into this category as your worker's compensation benefits will be taxed. Whether you are receiving the benefits long term or short term, it is best to speak with an attorney and make sure the court is aware of the additional income you are receiving. It is better for this information to come from you then for it to come from the other parent of your child.

How Does Someone Find Out If Their Benefits Will Be Taken?

When injured on the job, worker's compensation is intended to cover medical bills, out of pocket expenses resulting from the injury – such as needing mobility equipment – and lost wages due to needing to recover before being allowed to return back to work. If a child support order is currently being determined, it is possible for this income to be taken into account. It is also possible for this source of income to be used to re-evaluate a child support order. Typically, it depends on how long the benefits are being received. If the benefits are being received short-term, it doesn't make sense to include them in the child support order. If the benefits are long-term, it is more likely for them to be included.

Considering how much laws regarding child support vary from one state to the next, it is best to speak to a family law or workers compensation attorney regarding the matter. They will be able to help you figure out whether or not your compensation benefits will be included in your child support order based on where you live.