Family law matters can be complex and emotional, particularly when it comes to issues surrounding children. One such issue is child support, which is the financial support paid by a parent to help cover the costs of raising their child. At Leach Legal, we understand the importance of ensuring that child support is set at a fair and reasonable amount that takes into account the needs of the child and the financial circumstances of both parents.
Negotiating and drafting a child support agreement
When it comes to child support, parents have the option to negotiate and draft their own agreement. This can be done with the assistance of a family lawyer, who can provide guidance on the legal requirements and help ensure that the agreement is fair and enforceable. Negotiating and drafting an agreement can be beneficial because it allows parents to have more control over the outcome, rather than leaving the decision up to a judge.
To negotiate and draft a child support agreement, parents will need to consider factors such as the child’s needs, each parent’s income and expenses, and any special circumstances, such as medical or educational expenses. The agreement should also include details about how and when payments will be made, as well as what will happen if one parent fails to pay.
Applying through the Child Support Agency
If parents are unable to come to an agreement on child support, or if they prefer not to negotiate on their own, they can apply for child support through the Child Support Agency.
To apply for child support through the Agency, parents will need to provide information about their income, expenses, and the child’s needs. The agency will then use a formula to calculate the amount of child support that should be paid based on the parents’ financial circumstances. This formula takes into account factors such as the number of children, each parent’s income, and any other child support or alimony payments.
Once the child support amount has been calculated, the agency will issue an order requiring the paying parent to make payments. The order will include details about how and when payments should be made, as well as what will happen if the paying parent fails to pay.
Enforcing child support orders
Whether child support is agreed upon by the parents or ordered by the court, it is important to ensure that payments are made on time and in full. If a parent fails to pay child support, there are several enforcement options available, including wage garnishment, liens on property, and even jail time in some cases.
At Leach Legal, we can help parents negotiate and draft a child support agreement, as well as assist with applying for child support through the Child Support Agency. We can also help parents enforce child support orders and ensure that their child receives the financial support they need.
If you have any questions or concerns about child support, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.