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What is a fair child support agreement?

All children have the right to be financially supported by both of their parents whenever possible. This is why child support orders are put in place. In the eyes of the law, the needs of a child are always the priority. Therefore, making sure that they are financially supported so that they have the best possible opportunities in life is the objective of the family courts.

Why should I pay child support?

As a noncustodial parent, you may be concerned that the other parent of your child is going to ask you to pay child support. Of course, child support is a significant cost that might seem unnecessary or unaffordable. You may feel that the other parent of your child threatens to file for child support as a form of revenge against you and that it's a form of manipulative behavior.

What formula do Montana judges use to determine child support?

If you're a parent, then you're likely aware that every mom or dad in Montana must provide for the basic needs of their son or daughter. All parents must do this up unless they've lawfully relinquished their parental rights. The child support system ensures that parents do just that. There are several factors that Missoula judges take into account when deciding how much a mom or dad should pay in child support.

Can you refuse visitation if child support goes unpaid?

Child support payments are mandated by court order, and thus they are the legal responsibility of the party ordered to pay. They are not based on either parent's desires or the interactions the two have with each other. These are debts that must be paid to give the child the best possible life.

Understanding child support by agreement

Noncustodial parents who earn an income tend to have the obligation to pay some amount of child support to the custodial parent if they request it. Most of the time, the amount of child support that is owed can be calculated through a formula that is based on the noncustodial parent's income.

Tips for effectively modifying child support

Child support is put in place with good intentions: It is meant to provide financial support for children whose parents are not together. It makes all biological parents financially responsible for their children, regardless of whether they have chosen to have a relationship with them or not. However, those who have been ordered to pay child support often find that it is a heavy financial burden that makes it difficult for them to live a normal life.

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