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Ways to determine child support

For Dallas parents who are getting divorced, being informed about the different ways to achieve a child support agreement might be important. There are a few ways that this can be determined. These include negotiating themselves or through their respective lawyers, using one of the alternative dispute resolution methods or by having the court set the amount.

Many parents are able to reach an agreement by negotiating it themselves. For amicable separations, this might be the best option. The parents can also have their separately-retained attorneys represent them during the negotiations. For other couples, a child support agreement might be reached by using an alternative dispute resolution method, such as by using a mediator or going through collaborative law, which involves both parents reaching an accord. A mediator's recommendations are not final and parents can still change the agreement before appearing in front of the judge for approval. In rare cases, arbitration, in which a neutral person listens to each parent's case and then makes the decisions, might also be used. Finally, for parents who cannot reach an agreement, the court can then intervene and issue a court order with the support terms and payment amount.

When parents negotiate themselves or use ADR successfully, the end result is a written agreement, which will then need to be approved by a judge. After this, the agreement becomes a court order, which offers additional protections for the parent receiving the support if the other parent fails to make the payments.

Whether parents want to negotiate themselves or use any of the other methods available, they might find the assistance of a lawyer knowledgeable about the state laws regarding child support helpful. A lawyer can offer advice and represent the parent in court if necessary.

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