Carolann M. Aschoff, P.C.

Child custody and child support: Strategies to make it work

Parents generally want what is best for their children. This wish of parents does not change after a divorce. Non-custodial parents may feel that their child custody agreements do not allow them enough opportunities to have a positive impact on the lives of their children.

A New Jersey parent responsible for child support payments may find it comforting to know that making regular, timely payments is one way to have a positive effect on the lives of his or her children. While there is little doubt that regular payments ensure security for a child, it may be problematic for the parent making the payments. Fortunately, there are a few strategies available to help.

First and foremost, it is important to make payments on or before the agreed date. One should always keep in mind that the custodial parent may need the money to pay for necessities. Late or non-payments may negatively affect the children involved. While courts sometimes determine how support payments should be done, parents sometimes do have an opportunity to provide input. If this opportunity arises, it may be helpful to consider different options and select the one most suitable.

A second piece of helpful advice often given is to make sure that all payments are documented. This is to protect both parties and can help eliminate any possible conflict. While there are a number of tools and apps available to assist with record keeping, a pure old-fashioned paper trail of receipts can also provide the proof needed.

Non-payment of child support can have legal consequences; therefore, it may be good for the paying parent to include these payments in a budget so as to not miss any. There is little doubt that regular payment of child support is an important component of child custody as it impacts on the well-being of the children. A New Jersey family law attorney is in an excellent position to provide advice on the matter, especially if circumstances force one to consider modifications to the original agreement.

Source:, "Strategies for Paying Child Support," accessed on Aug. 16, 2017

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