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Informal methods of crafting a child support order

Separated parents in Kentucky may choose to work out a child support arrangement on their own. They could also choose to create a child support plan with the help of a mediator or through some other formal collaborative process. In some cases, parents hire legal counsel to help them create an agreement outside of court. In others, attorneys may be consulted after an agreement has been reached in principle.

There are benefits to negotiating a child support agreement informally or by using alternative dispute resolution methods. First, they tend to be more casual than a court proceeding, which may help the parties feel more at ease. In addition, the parents themselves get to play a more active role in crafting the final agreement as opposed to leaving its terms in the hands of a judge.

If negotiations are successful, the terms of the child support agreement will be put in writing. The child support agreement could be a standalone document or submitted to the court as part of an overall divorce settlement. Generally speaking, a judge will need to review and approve any agreement parents create to financially support their children after a divorce. After the agreement has been approved, it will become legally binding on all parties to the deal.

Child support payments are designed to ensure that the financial needs of a minor are met. Failing to provide child support could result in jail time or other penalties, such as the loss of a driver's license or a passport. Individuals who don't adhere to the terms of a support order could also face financial penalties for their actions. An attorney might help an individual during negotiations or in court if informal negotiations are unsuccessful.

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