Child support can be court ordered or agreed upon by parents
Providing for your child is a priority for most parents. If you and your child’s other parent divorce, the parent who doesn’t have primary custody of the child might need to pay child support so that the child can have the financial support he or she needs. There are two ways that you can come up with a child support payment plan — working with your ex or having the court decide.
The primary concern when coming up with a child support agreement is that it is a fair agreement that puts the child’s needs first. What is considered fair can be impacted by how you come up with the plan. If you and your ex-work together, there is more room for negotiation about the amount of support that will be paid. If the court decides, the court must use the Divorce Act Section of the Federal Child Support Guidelines.
Coming up with your agreement about child support might be the way you choose to handle this aspect of child custody. If you do this, make sure that you get the support agreement in writing. Not only does this provide you with a document to turn to for clarification, but it also provides you with proof of the agreement if you have to turn to the court for enforcement.
It is possible to change a child support agreement once it is made. If you and your ex-came to the agreement, you can work together to draft a new agreement. If the court ordered the child support, you could turn to the court to modify the agreement. In either case, you should make sure that you understand how the law applies to your case.
Source: Department of Justice, “Child support agreements,” accessed Sep. 28, 2016
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