There are different ways in which terms of child support may be worked out. Whether the process is amicable or contentious could be contingent upon the parents’ willingness to work toward a resolution in a cooperative fashion.
One way to reach a child support agreement is through informal negotiations. This may be the most ideal method as it involves parents simply focusing on the issue and coming up with an arrangement between themselves, with or without the services of lawyers. The parents may also use lawyers for consultation purposes or as representation in the negotiation process.
If parents are having some form of conflict regarding child support, alternative dispute resolution may be employed. ADR can include such tools as collaborative law and mediation. By using ADR, parents can work with their attorneys to resolve disputes.
If parents cannot reach an agreement through any other means, they may have the issue settled by a judge in court. With this option, parents may have less power to determine the final terms of the child support order.
Also, be aware that even if parents do come to terms, they will typically still have to get them approved by a judge. This is to make sure that all state guidelines are being met and that the agreement was negotiated fairly.
If you are a parent who is getting a divorce, you may want to carefully consider the needs of both yourself and your children. If you are expecting to receive child support, it is important that the amount you get will help to successfully cover your household expenses. If you are in the position of having to make the payments, you don’t want to be forced into a financial hardship situation.
Regardless of which side of the agreement you are on, a Texas family law attorney may be able to help represent your interests.