While most British Columbia parents who have to pay child support want the best for their children, some may find it tough to keep up with the payments. The problem is often not a case of the inability to pay, but rather a negligence, such as forgetting to pay on time or spending the child support money on something else. However, falling behind with child support can quickly lead to significant amounts of debt, and the other parent may pursue legal action.
Arranging an automatic payment through a bank account and drafting a proper budget may remedy these issues. Maintaining careful records of all payments made is vital. There are various ways in which such records can be kept, and some online payment methods may include a program to keep these files. In the event of the other parent claiming non-payment or late payment, accurate records can provide the necessary proof.
Life sometimes has strange and unexpected turns, and an unanticipated surgical procedure, illness or job loss can make it impossible for a parent to pay child support. That parent may seek a child support modification through the court. By providing proof of the reason for the financial difficulties, the court may agree to modify the court order.
It may only be a temporary problem, and, although parents may be able to negotiate a more affordable amount until circumstances improve, they may want to avoid making verbal agreements. Utilizing the services of an experienced British Columbia family law lawyer to help draft a documented agreement may be more appropriate. A lawyer can then present such a request for modification of child support to the court, and with both parents already in agreement, the court may issue a modified court order without any delay.
Source: marriage.com, “Strategies for Paying Child Support“, Accessed on Nov. 25, 2016
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