There are few issues in Family Law more complicated than the matter of Child Support Payments. On the surface the issue looks simple; both the primary custodial parent and the non custodial parent should have a responsibility to contribute to the financial success of the child. Therefore the noncustodial parent is often assigned to contribute a degree of financial support to take care of children’s needs.
Not Always Cut and Dried
There are of course, few easy answers in life. Noncustodial parents paying child support can run into difficulties with their finances like anyone else. In extreme cases, this might lead to unfortunate circumstances such as a failure to meet the obligation, leading to incarceration. Incarceration might lead to losing employment, which leads to further inability to meet the legal obligation. This is a textbook example of a vicious cycle.
Beyond the Stereotypes
Television, whether in the form of movies, news stories, or broadcast series, loves to play at these extremes. The stereotype of the “Deadbeat Dad” wars with the one of the “Lazy Mom Who Just Wants Money.”
In reality, these stereotypes do not reflect the truth of nearly any legal situation. In most cases, parents want to do well by their children, and take their obligations in this regard seriously. The legal landscape is simply a complicated one to navigate, especially amid the trying circumstances of an emotional divorce.
Legal Professionals Can Assist
There is an extensive body of accepted case law regarding Family Law in general, and child support payments in particular. There are precedents for modifying the financial obligation from noncustodial parents. These precedents take situations like financial standing and employment into account, and can help both parents come to an agreement regarding both the needs of the child and the abilities of the respective parents.
Steven J. Glaros and Associates are one example of a law firm specializing in Family Law Pasco County residents can contact for assistance in these circumstances.
Good Parents Need Good Advice
An attorney or law firm specializing in Family Law can help people in an emotional and financially difficult situation navigate the complexities of Child Support Payments. Moving past the stereotypes of television and into a clearer understanding of the law and its options is often the best decision, for both parents and their children.