Best Ways To Negotiate Child Custody (Part 1)

In divorce cases that involve child custody negotiations, there are certain guidelines that govern how much child support a non-custodial parent must pay to their former spouse in order to maintain the child’s health, well-being, education and more.

However, there are commonly situations in which a couple will take different measures in their case and a different amount of support will be agreed upon. There are many different ways, effective and ineffective, that you can negotiate a child support agreement with your spouse. The Glendale family law attorneys at The Sampair Group suggest taking the following as some helpful tips to doing so.

The Children Are Always, Always First
The first question you should ask before any discussion regarding child custody in your divorce is ‘what is best for the child?’ You yourself may want nothing to do with your ex spouse, but does the same also apply to your child? Probably not, so there are sacrifices you will need to make of your own in order to make sure you child is as happy as they can possibly be in this situation.

Plan For Modifications
No child support agreement is permanently set in stone, and there is always room for modifications. There could be many changes that result in needing to modify your child support agreement, such as income change for your or your spouse or different financial needs for your children as they grow up. Review the child’s annual expenses so there are no surprises.

Keep Perspective
While it may seem frustrating to be giving your spouse money every month, you have to look at where the money is going – your child. The money you are sending each month is not meant to support your former spouse, but instead to support the needs of your children.

Read more in Part 2