When a couple’s relationship ends, both parents will need to decide a number of issues including co-parenting, child custody and child support arrangements. Parents in British Columbia must adhere to the child support guidelines set forth by federal law. In most cases, the amount of child support is calculated based on the number of children and the parents’ income.
After the divorce is finalized, child support and child-care related issues may continue to evolve. For example, parents’ financial circumstances may change due to a reduction in hours or a layoff. Such changes may result in the need to have child support payments modified.
If parents experience ongoing issues, including changes in parents’ visitation schedules, a parenting coordinator may be able to provide assistance. Parenting coordinators can help reduce conflicts between parents and minimize harm to children by providing a buffer between parents. In addition, a parenting coordinator can facilitate communication between parents and assist with finding workable solutions to co-parenting challenges.
Communication and planning are key to developing a fair and manageable divorce agreement, co-parenting plan and child support arrangement. Lawyers, along with mediators and parenting coordinators, can help with the process of negotiating a divorce agreement that considers the needs of all of the people involved. If both parties can come to an agreement, then the judge is likely to support the agreement and will grant the divorce. On the other hand, if the parents cannot agree, the judge may create an agreement based on standard formulas.
It can help to learn about how child support is calculated and how child custody is decided. To learn more about the subjects of family law, divorce, child support, child custody and co-parenting, please visit our webpage.
Source: Laughlin & Company , “Child Support“, December 04, 2014
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