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Planning to avoid problems with negotiating child support

From the moment they are born, children are dependent upon their parents in many ways. As they get older, some of the costs associated with child care and support rise exponentially. In general, California's parents will act in the best interest of a child, but some parents may become uncooperative in the wake of a divorce. The child is the one who suffers most if there are protracted disputes over child support.

Under California law, non-custodial parents are required to make court-ordered child support payments on time and in full. A resentful or angry spouse may delay making payments for as long as possible. As the child develops, there may be new activities which cost money. An uncompromising spouse may make it difficult to revisit the issue of financial support, unless provision for future expenditure has been made within the divorce agreement.

The list of potential outlays need not be absolutely rigid nor have specific figures attached. A comprehensive list including, for example, summer camps, extra curricular activities, education and associated costs, together with any other costs one may foresee which are deemed appropriate and necessary, may be enough if the time comes when one needs to consider these expenses. Having such an agreement in place from the start may make the re-evaluation of child support costs much easier to negotiate later on.

Drawing up co-parenting and child support agreements as part of a divorce is beneficial to all parties. A little forethought may help everyone concerned to move forward in a less stressful manner. This can help to ensure that the best interest of the child is served.

Source: The Huffington Post, Who's Not Honoring Me Now? How Your Narcissistic Ex Really Feels About Child Support, Christina Pesoli, Jan. 23, 2014

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