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Basic Information on Child Custody & Child Support

Whether it is good or bad, today’s society is filled with constant transitions. This is why it is important for you to have some basic information on Child Custody & Child Support. The law can be a little complicated, but once you understand the basics, your life will be much easier and you will be able to avoid many common legal problems in child support that are bound to come up when a couple gets divorced.

Child support is paid by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent in order to assist them financially while the children are being raised by either the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent. In most cases, if you have a custody order for a child from a previous divorce and you go through a major change in circumstances after having a child, then the current child support order might not work. In this case, you might have to ask for a change to accommodate those recent changes in your situation.

When you have a visitation agreement for your child and both parents agree that you will still need to pay child support, then the only way for a court order to change would be for the non-custodial parent to be awarded sole physical custody of the children. In this situation, the non-custodial parent may have to make payments that are lower than the regular child support payments so that the custodial parent does not receive an unfair advantage over the non-custodial parent.

Child support and custody arrangements will often change during the course of a marriage. This is why it is important for you to make sure you are prepared to deal with these changes as they come. Even if you are the custodial parent, it is vital to have a plan that will ensure that your case and that of the other parent are taken care of adequately.

Another thing to consider is the fact that if the non-custodial parent is unable to provide for the needs of the children, then you must be ready to negotiate custody arrangements with the custodial parent in an effort to establish more equal custody. This is very important because if you do not get a fair share of custody, then you could have to move out of your home if the custodial parent has no support and you will be forced to raise the children as you see fit. The best thing to do is to be prepared.

Child support and custody arrangements can be a bit confusing, but as long as you understand the basics of the laws and know where to turn, you should be able to navigate your way through them without trouble. Remember, once you are done, you will have your fair share of time with your children and it will all be in your hands and that is what matters most.