The biggest problem that comes with a divorce is that it puts two parents at odds. You both probably know that you need to stay a presence in your children's lives, but it can sometimes be hard to put aside the differences you have with each other in the meantime. After you part ways, you need to still think of yourselves as business partners. As such, child support is one of the major points that come into play.
As a father looking to take care of your kids while handling some of the fallout of a divorce, consider these strategies.
Hire a lawyer that focuses on father's rights, and look into putting yourself on child support
A lot of men feel alienated by family court because they feel that it's always skewed toward the mother. This doesn't have to be the case, because you have every right to express your case as well. In order to do this, make sure you hire a family law attorney that focuses on father's rights. They will give you guidance from a different perspective and can help you avoid mistakes during this contentious time.
These professionals will also assist you in knowing child support laws in your state, so you can make decisions that work in favor of the greater good. One of the best things you can do is put yourself on child support instead of playing defense and waiting to answer the filing of your ex-spouse. Choosing the right lawyer will help you with this, and it lets you be proactive.
Be prepared for many hearings throughout the course of raising your child, and always protect your rights and put fairness first
An unfortunate reality is that you most likely will have several hearings once it's all said and done. You will have initial hearings, but there will be constant back and forth sessions related to custody and altering child support amounts. The best thing you can do for the long run is to keep the same lawyer so that they stay familiar with your situation as it develops and evolves.
For the sake of your child, shield them from this kind of information, and always try to make your relationship with the other parent as friendly as possible. The better you treat each other and come to agreements, the better it'll be overall.
These tips will help you get all that you need from your child support situation.
Hello. My name is Stephanie Laurel. I have recently been through a divorce, and although I don’t wish it on anyone, I do wish that everyone could come out of the proceedings feeling they have been taken care of. My husband and I had been married twenty-eight years. We have four children, two of which are still under eighteen years of age. We owned the home we lived in and had a vacation home in a different state. We are civilized people, we get along fairly well considering, but no matter how much we thought we could go through the divorce process without lawyers, it wasn't possible. We each hired a divorce attorney to represent us. Most of the negotiations went well, but when we hit a rough spot the attorneys took over. Thank goodness. I’m going to share more about the experience and hope it helps you.