Minimize Child Support Conflict by Following This Guide

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Disputes between parents are bound to happen at some point in the life of divorced or separated families. The decision to create a child support order is taken in the children’s best interest. Nevertheless, parents may have misgivings about a particular decision that is contested. Unfortunately, they end up fighting each other, creating unnecessary conflict and stress for the kids all too often. 

Here are some tips that may help in reducing such conflicts surrounding child support:

Be Very Specific in Your Order

It is important to be very specific in your order. You may have to work out several details with your ex, but it is essential not to leave anything vague. The more detailed the document, the more likely there will be no dispute in the future.

Discuss Child Support Payments Before Courts

One of the biggest reasons for disputes is that the parents do not discuss child support payments before courts. Therefore, it is vital to sit down and discuss child support payments before creating a child support order. In fact, it is always a good idea to discuss important family issues before courts as it helps you arrive at a decision that is common to both parties.

Be Aware of Your Responsibilities

Once you have a child support order, make sure you do what you can to fulfill its terms. The court expects parents to live up to their responsibilities and will not hesitate to punish those who neglect to do so. 

So if you are ordered to pay a certain amount in child support every month, make sure you pay it on time. If there is a discrepancy in the amount, make sure you speak with your ex and work out a mutually agreeable arrangement.

Be Open to Negotiations

Most parents have to negotiate with their ex-spouse on child support payment at one time or another. It is essential to be open to any negotiations that are beneficial to your child. 

For example, if your ex is willing to take up a part-time job to cover the child support payments, you may agree to it instead of refusing the offer. Inquiries can be made at the Department of Labor to see if any program is available to help your ex with child support payments.

Seek Legal Help

Despite all your best efforts, disputes that deal with child support will happen eventually. If the issue is not resolved easily, or if you think that you do not understand your child support rights, it is a good idea to seek the advice of a legal professional. Legal professionals will help you understand your rights by:

  • Explaining the purpose of a child support order
  • Clarifying what needs to be covered in a child support order
  • Explaining how a judge views your case
  • Helping you appeal a decision if necessary

If you face problems with your child support payments, consider speaking to a qualified family law attorney who can help you with your case.

Minimize the Conflict

Child support is a legal obligation that you will have to live with. Therefore, it is important to understand your child support rights and duties, so you won’t have to deal with any future complications. Follow the tips laid out in this article to minimize conflict and prioritize your child’s or children’s welfare.

Dreyer Davison Lawyers LLP is a family lawyer serving the Fraser Valley of BC. We are committed to preserving the best interests of families. Contact us!

 

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