Child support and custody are both very important to you as a parent. Support can provide the money you need to care for your child in your ex-partner’s absence, and custody gives you the right to make important decisions about your child’s future. Decisions about your child’s future are the most important to you, so it’s wise to consult with your own legal team to make sure your demands and concerns are addressed.
Child support is fairly easy to decide on, because it tends to be held to specific guidelines. This means that as long as the guidelines are agreeable, you should be able to settle your child-support case out of court. When it comes to extras, like school trips or extracurricular activities, you may have some issues that need to be addressed, but on the whole, child support determinations aren’t incredibly complicated.
What is more challenging is deciding with whom a child will live. Who will be the primary guardian? Who will receive what kind of parenting time? These are questions that have to be asked for your sake and the sake of your child’s comfort and future.
You must remember that your child’s opinion may be taken into account by the court, especially if your child is older. Your lifestyle and the lifestyle of your ex will also be considered, because finding the best home and environment for your child is the priority. Our site has more information on the factors that will play into your child custody decision, so you understand the decisions made by the court.