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Child support tips for dads

Montana divorce rates have dropped, and more dads want ongoing relationships with their children. However, despite these numbers, there is still a large group of single fathers who need information about child support, how the system works and what they should consider when setting up a plan. At the Cunningham Law Office, we can help you work out a plan with your ex that makes financial sense for you and your kids.

According to Fatherly, leaving emotion out of the proceedings is critical to making choices regarding child support. Here are some tips that can help you navigate the legal system and ensure your plan meets state requirements.

  • Avoid financial penalties by making payments on time. Not only can it result in tax intercepts and garnished wages, but it also creates animosity between you and your ex. This can result in heightened tension in an already awkward relationship.
  • Keep financial records of all transactions, from the payments to other expenses such as clothing and medical care. Although this does not affect your current terms, it may matter if you go back to court later and renegotiate the child support amount.
  • Determine the best dispute resolution method. Even if you and your ex have an amicable relationship now, that could change. Some issues result in disagreements that seem outside the realm of compromise. Make sure there is a way to address the problem before the situation boils over and you wind up back in court.

Kids love their mom and dad both. Help keep it that way by leaving them out of your financial disputes. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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