After the ink has dried on the divorce papers, and the divorce lawyers have moved onto other cases, many divorced parents get a crash course in Child Support law. Many times parents who are supposed to be paying child support, tend to renege on what the courts ordered, leaving the parent who has custody in dire financial straits. There are many ways that parents can ensure that the payments get made, and made on time. Read on for a few tips on how to get the money you need to raise your children.
Make sure that you know exactly where the other parent lives. If you don’t have exact contact information, it becomes harder to make them pay the money that they owe you, and your children. You can usually go to your lawyer, and he can help you to enforce the divorce decree, but if you have no contact information, it will make it hard.
As hard as it may be, you do need to try to be civil to your ex-spouse. You are more likely to get your payments on time if you are, and disputes over the payments will be resolved more quickly, if you are at least civil to your ex.
You need to establish paternity and legal fatherhood. You have to make sure that the father is legally the father, which will make it easier to get child support.
You always want to make sure that you have come to an agreement about the amount of child support that is to be paid, the day it should be paid, and make sure that it is a binding agreement. Child support arrangements can be made through the courts or through a private arrangement. The choice is up to the parents of the children.
While you can never be up on all of the child support laws, you can make sure that you know at least enough to help you make the decisions that you need. If you feel that you need help getting the child support owed you, then Contact Us today for more information.