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Child support arrangements can be one of the most complicated factors that result from a divorce. If you have lost your job or had a change in marital status or change in income, it is sometimes necessary to change the child support currently in place by getting a child support modification. The following tips will ultimately help you obtain a child support modification.

If you are not able to pay the current child support payment, you should act quickly. You will still pay the amount due in arrears. Once your circumstances change so that you can pay the amount due, take action and start taking steps to secure a child support modification.

One of the most important actions you can take during this time is to try to reach an agreement with the other parent of the child. See if the other parent will agree to make a child support modification. Since reaching an agreement can sometimes prove to be difficult during such a trying time, it is usually in your best interest to consider a formal method such as mediation. This can help both parties ultimately reach an agreement.

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As men were traditionally expected to be the breadwinners in the past, many people still assume that child support and alimony only work one way with men making payments to former wives when divorce occurs. The entertainment world sometimes provides examples of how this also goes the other way as actress Morena Baccarin is one of the latest female celebrities who was ordered to pay child and spousal support.

Baccarin is known for roles in Firefly and Homeland and currently stars on Fox's Gotham , and the 36-year-old star is estranged from 44-year-old Austin Chick, who is a screenwriter and director. The pair have a 2-year-old son, and a judge ordered that Baccarin pay $20,349 a month for spousal support plus an additional $2,693 per month for child support.

Unless Chick remarries, Baccarin is expected to continue paying spousal support. The actress now dates her costar Ben McKenzie, and the couple welcomed a baby girl in March 2015. Baccarin and Chick share legal custody of their son, but Chick moved to Los Angeles, which makes it more difficult for the two to co-parent as Baccarin films her television show in New York.

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When going through the divorce process, one of the biggest hurdles you'll have to overcome is the child support arrangement. Generally, the non-custodial parent pays child support to provide for the children, but many times the non-custodial parent is not happy with the thought of having to write this weekly check. When you're working through the child support process, keep the following in mind.

The Child Benefits, Not the Spouse

You'd have to live under a rock to not realize that raising a child is extremely expensive. And this isn't just because of the items you must purchase for the child. Factor in the cost of utilities, the maintenance of an automobile, the cost of food and medical care. The child support check does not necessarily go directly to the child but instead helps ease the burden of all expenses associated with raising a child.

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In California, and all over the US child support is a right for children because it helps them do better. Perhaps the parents chose to dissolve the relationship, but the child deserves the financial support of both parties for have a chance at a fair and bright future.

Lawyers will advise both custodial and non-custodial parents to work out child support payments carefully and eventually through the court system so that there are no grey areas and a record of the process is available. Child support should not be negotiated verbally or haphazardly, this can lead to future disagreements. By completing the appropriate forms, bolstered by financial documents and up-to-date personal figures, an accurate child support payment can be determined for one or both parties.

The question is, how is this child support payment determined? Each state has its own procedure, which employ formulas to determine what child support amounts are appropriate for the parties to share. Try a child support calculator if you like, but for accurate and serious numbers perhaps contact us for a more realistic determination. Let's face it, this is your money, and child support commitments are there to support our offspring.

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