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Child support and other issues for single mothers after divorce

As Missouri readers know, divorce can leave a person with financial burdens and uncertainty about the future. This is especially true for single mothers, who often face difficulties after the divorce is final. This is why it is particularly important for any single mother to fully understand her right to receive child support and other applicable financial assistance during this process. 

The financial aspects of a divorce order will have an impact that lasts for years. Child support may be granted to mothers who have primary custody of children, and this amount is based on many individual factors such as the income of the parents and the unique needs of the children. In addition to child support, alimony could be granted to a mother if certain circumstances are met.

Child support is not the only important matter that should be addressed during divorce. A mother should consider the financial impact and tax consequences of any decision such as the decision to keep and maintain the marital home. Additionally, one party should not be left with an unfair portion of marital debt such as student loans or credit card balances.

Financial matters are some of the most important of a divorce. Child support, alimony and other issues should be addressed with the help of a lawyer who is knowledgeable in such serious matters. Single mothers should take proactive steps to secure a solid post-divorce future and make decisions that protect the well-being of the children. A complete case evaluation can help Missouri mothers understand their rights during and after divorce.

Source: popsugar.com, "Financial Advice For Newly Single Moms", Laura Lifshitz, Dec. 23, 2015

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