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Understanding a child support agreement

It goes without saying that you never want to find yourself creating a child support agreement. However, this happens to many people every year.

It doesn't matter if you are going through a divorce or simply separating from the other parent, nothing changes the fact that a child support agreement will be required at some point in the near future.

The most important thing to realize is that you need to be comfortable with the child support agreement that is put in place. Furthermore, this is something that should benefit your child more than either parent.

One of the best things you can do is attempt to work out the finer details of the child support agreement with the other parent. Sure, you could rely on the court to do this for you, but this steals some of your flexibility. When you work together with the other parent, you may be able to mutually agree on something that both of you are okay with.

Note: When calculating a child support amount, it is good to know an approximate amount that a judge would order to be paid.

When a judge creates a child support agreement, he or she is required to make decisions based on specific child support guidelines.

Understanding the finer details of a child support agreement will ensure that you know what is expected of you and the other parent. As long as you know that your child will be taken care of, you should be happy with the agreement. It may not be exactly what you want, but the best interest of your child is what matters most.

Source: Government of Canada Department of Justice, "Child support agreements," accessed July 01, 2016

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