Many financial problems can arise when parents in California decide to separate. Today, it usually takes multiple incomes to make ends meet. Fortunately, child support was established for this reason. However, sometimes parents may need to amend how much child support they are paying or receiving. Here are a few things to consider before going into child support negotiations.
Keep extra expenses in mind
The expenses that are to be covered by child support can vary depending on the state. However, some expenses that come with raising a child may be more than what is covered with child support. These expenses may be things such as unreimbursed medical expenses or expenses associated with sports or other extracurricular activities. Make sure to address these expenses in negotiations. Failure to do so could mean more litigation in the future.
Request periodic reviews
The child’s needs will change as he or she grows, and this will ultimately affect the amount of child support needed. In negotiations, don’t be afraid to draft agreements calling for periodic reviews of the child support payments. Most courts actually favor reviews for cost-of-living adjustments.
Become familiar with laws
Each state handles child support differently. However, most states have a calculation or formula they use to decide the amount of child support. It is helpful to research the laws surrounding child support and also what expenses are or are not included in it.
Child support can be a difficult subject to discuss and can get complicated for all parties. Parents in California who have questions about child support or how to negotiate child support payments could benefit from discussions with a legal representative. An experienced family law attorney can provide legal guidance and answer difficult questions.