Divorce can be a difficult process for all parties involved. From splitting up marital assets, selling or redistributing property, to deciding who gets certain sentimental items, the financial ramifications of ending a marriage can be manifold. If children are involved, this becomes an even more difficult process. One of the main issues that can cause disagreement between divorcing couples is child support. If you find yourself in the position of negotiating child support, here are a few issues to consider:
- Who is paying child support and who is receiving it? Usually there is one parent who has custody of the children more often or who makes less money. This parent will receive child support based on the income of the other parent. The amount should be decided upon in advance and put into a written agreement.
- How long will the support last? In Arizona, it is required to pay child support until a child turns 18. If at that time the child is still in high school or an equivalent program, the support must continue until the child graduates or turns 19, whichever happens first. After that point, there is no more legal guarantee of support. If you and your spouse want the support to continue into college, make sure that you spell this out in your custody agreement.
- How often will the child support agreement be re-visited? Jobs change, incomes change, and so should child support agreements. It is best if you decided in advance how often you will review the agreement so it does not become a source of tension and disagreement. Of course, if there are any drastic or unexpected changes, either parent can request that the agreement be reviewed at any point.
- What will happen if the agreement is broken? It is a sad fact that in some cases, child support agreements are not honored by both parties. If this happens it is important to consider what you will do and how you will rectify the child support contract.
At Scott Law Firm, we strive to be the child support lawyer Peoria Arizona residents trust. We will be here to talk you through all parts of this difficult process and ensure that you and your children are getting what they need from a support agreement. Call our offices today to schedule your consultation.