Unfortunately, many families don’t work out. Either you ended up with the wrong person, or circumstances just didn’t pan out in your favor, and it’s time to draw a line on the relationship. It happens to the best of us, and what matters is making sure you and your family are able to get out the other side in a way that, hopefully, benefits all.
This is especially the case when it comes to your children.
Child custody processes are essential, and this involves working out who the children are going to live with and what kind of financial support is required from the other. However, if you’re wondering whether you need to go to court at all for all this, you’ve come to the right place.
The Foundations of Child Support
So, looking into what child support is all about, you need to be aware that child support orders are legally binding documents. If you’re asked to pay a certain amount every month, then you need to pay the fees, or you’ll be subject to legal fees, penalties, and further legal proceedings.
However, that doesn’t mean that the terms need to be discussed in a court of law. Think of it this way, court proceedings and lawyer activities are insanely expensive, and if you’ve fallen out with your partner and end up spending hours in court, this is going to cost both of you such a huge amount of money.
Fortunately, it’s entirely possible to create and agree on the terms of your child support requests outside of court. It’s highly recommended that you use a lawyer who will be able to talk you through all the terms and clauses and ensure nothing is missed out, and that you’re not getting screwed over, but you are well within your rights to organize everything outside of court.
This includes organizing visitation rights, figuring out how much child support one partner is going to pay, which you can work out using this free online child support calculator for a clear idea, and so on.
And then what?
While all the terms and agreements can be made outside of an expensive courtroom, you will need to involve the courts and the legal system at some point to finalize all the details of the agreements and ensure that everything is legally binding.
At the end of the day, the whole point of this is to make sure that the children are being looked after properly and everything is fair for them. After all, they didn’t ask to be involved in this situation, and it’s inhumane to let a child suffer from the conflicts of an adult relationship.
Once the court has looked through and approved the child agreements terms and conditions, the documentation is finalized, and the agreement becomes legally binding for both parties.
As you can see, you don’t need to spend the entire time in court while you’re working out child support, but it can be beneficial to do so in some situations. However, you will need to involve the court at some point, so bear this in mind while you’re preparing for this legal process.
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