Everything You Need to Know About Child Support
Negotiating child support can be a complex and overwhelming process. There's a long list of details and variables to fully understand when determining what's an adequate amount of money to cover the cost of child rearing. There are also guidelines and laws that vary state by state surrounding the formulas used to calculate support. And along with all that, don't forget about the myriad of emotions involved in this process—and how they can cloud your better judgment. Before you enter into the process of settling upon a child support agreement, it's really best to do your homework and understand all the factors that will come into play.
To help with that effort, we've rounded up key points to bear in mind when embarking on child support negotiations—from top attorneys around the country. Because "the more information you have, the more prepared you will be to begin the process," says Glen Levine, co-founder and senior partner at The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine.
But first, one more thing that isn't on the list below, because why not just get it out of the way before diving into gritty details: Do your very best to check your emotions at the door. You'll be better off in the long run, says Levine.
"One of the most significant obstacles is when one or both parties allow anger or emotion to influence the negotiation of child support," says Levine.
Here are all the other important tips to keep in mind.