Child support is a topic that many people have very strong opinions about. There are many dos and don’ts that can make this simpler for everyone involved. Keep reading if you would like some insight.
DO get everything in writing. There are many parents who are on good terms and they choose to handle child support matters without getting the courts involved. This may sound great at the time, but what happens if someone reneges on their end of the deal? In order to protect both parties, everything should be in writing.
DON’T get so wrapped up in trying to avoid paying support because you want to get back at the custodial parent. There are some people who are so dead set against paying support since they see it as a financial windfall for the other party. Keep in mind that raising a child is expensive and that should be your first priority. Do not allow your child to lack because you and the other parent are not on good terms.
DO request a modification if needed. This information can be useful for both sides. If you are the custodial parent and you are having a rough time financially, you can request more money from the other parent. On the flip side, if your financial situation has changed and you are no longer able to pay as much as you were ordered to, request a modification in order to have the amount decreased.
DON’T get upset with the other parent for requesting child support. There are many people who take it personally when they are taken to court for child support matters. It takes two people to make a baby, and the same two should be responsible for taking care of one. The other parent will need your help; do not look at this as some kind of punishment. It is part of your parental responsibility.
DO pay support on time every time. There are some states that will have your license taken away if you fail to pay as ordered. Do you really want to end up taking the bus everywhere because you failed to help take care of a child you created?
If you are looking for financial help in the form of child support or you are the one who needs to provide support, there are ways to make the process smoother than ever. Remember this information as you move forward and things should turn out well.