Child Support Issues
One of the most common calls that we get are from parents that are upset about their child support. Whether it’s too high, you feel you shouldn’t be paying child support anymore or you just want to spend more time with your child, there are ways to fix your issue without getting bogged down with attorney’s and sticky government/state agencies. One of the best things to keep in mind, whether you’re a mother or father, is that your kids ultimately want the same thing you do, to spend as much time together as possible; this is especially true for younger children. Not knowing your rights, not having a very good relationship with your kids or your ex or being separated by long distances can all lead to degrading relationships and paying child support for someone you don’t really know can be a weird feeling and make a lot of parents out frustrated. Here are some tips for parents out there who are in a similar situation and need a few ideas.
Increase In Order To Decrease. It’s kind of like an old zen mantra; if you want to go down the river first you must go up it. Likewise child support works in a similar way. One way to decrease the amount of child support you pay is to increase the amount of time you spend with them. If the child is under your care more often, then the money you would be giving to your ex doesn’t need to be as high because you’re providing the things they need while they are with you. Being estranged from your child is a bad feeling for any parent. This might be a perfect opportunity to get to know your children and establish custody of them so they can be a part of your life.
What’s My First Step? If you’re even a little curious about how to proceed with this, contact an attorney or professional advocacy group to find out what your rights are, what you can do and what steps to take in order to enforce them. Simply lowering your child support out of the blue and contacting the child support department wherever your order is coming from can be difficult and most of the time nothing can really be done about it. Circumstances change and people’s incomes can fluctuate but the underlying fact remains that custody and/or the amount of visitation time you spend with your child plays a huge role in determined what you’re going to pay. If this is the path you wish to take, then it’s just a matter of getting the right paperwork together and filing it accordingly.
Learn how at –> www.AboutTheChildren.org