How To Make A Child Support Plan
If you’re trying to settle your family legal issue outside of the court system one of the first things you need to look at and discuss is drawing up, or at least thinking about, a plan for child support. Whether you’re the one paying or the one receiving the money, having a plan already drawn up to present to your ex or even the judge if you do decide to go through court is a great way to hit the ground running in your family legal dispute and increase your chances of winning if you are facing a lot of opposition. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re going this route:
- What To Incorporate. A good place to start here is to start to tally up everything that needs to be included in your support order. If you’re a mother trying to get child support from your child’s father, being thorough will aid your cause more than being brief. This might mean doing some serious investigative work on your end as to how much money exactly the children need to maintain their quality of life. If you need a couple extra bucks for school supplies, work it in there.
- What Are You Asking For? Making sure what you’re requesting is fair should be a primary concern for anyone going through a family legal dispute; if you’re settling in court this is especially important. If you’re a father agreeing to an order for support, make sure what you’re agreeing to pay is actually reasonable. The last thing you want to do is just sign on the line to get your ex off your back. Really take a look at what is being proposed. A lot of fathers and mothers out there find themselves in a situation where they have to pay almost as much as they make and start running into trouble with back child support. The complications that can arise from this issue can really affect your life and will eventually create more legal entanglements for you.
As I stress in the majority of these posts, it is imperative that you communicate with your ex. Whether you’re a mother or a father going through a custody or visitation dispute, maintaining the lines of communication will not only help you have a better working relationship with your ex, which will in turn benefit your child, but will help you get a better deal when it comes to paying child support. A lot of dads out there find themselves on bad terms with their ex coupled with staggering child support costs, this is a recipe for a bad time. If you can’t pay your child support payments and can’t talk to your ex without yelling a string of curse words, you’re not going to get anywhere, at least not in a reasonable amount of time.