You are already well aware that child support is supposed to help you pay for the upbringing of your child, and you want to make sure that they’re fully supported and cared for as they grow. Raising a child is complicated and there are a number of unexpected expenses that can arise at any time. If you want to be a father who wants to help his child as much as possible, you’ll need to include a plan for those unexpected emergencies and know what to do when they arrive, and consult with your attorney.
The yearly well-check visits are one thing, and you’re probably already planning on those routine visits. But what happens when there are medical expenses that were not planned in advance? Make sure you have a plan in the event this happens, and how you and your ex-wife will split the expenses. Don’t forget about the potential for braces, accidents, and other illnesses.
When your children are small, it’s generally inexpensive for your child to play a sport or participate in other activities. However, as they grow older, expenses will increase. Make sure you plan ahead so that you are able to afford at least one activity for your child.
Your divorce decree may address the issue of who pays for college, but you may want to plan ahead as well. Some courts may mandate that the parents pay a certain percentage of their child’s cost of attending college.
While you do still need to provide child support, another way to get through this process is to consider co-parenting. An experienced fathers rights attorney in Phoenix AZ can provide more information.
Deciding Who Has Custody
The court system decides which parent will gain custody of their children. The custodial parent then has all of the power to make the necessary decisions regarding where the children will live and what activities they will participate in. The non-custodial parent gets visitation and has to pay child support.
If parents don’t want to go through a power struggle and put more stress and anxiety not only on themselves but on their children, they may want to work together to come up with a compromise that will allow parents to work together to raise their children. Too many times parents use the courtroom as a battlefield, and in the end, no one really wins.
Some parents decide right off the bat to alienate children. This is done by making negative comments about the other parent, perhaps mentioning that the father’s fishing trip is more important than spending time with his children. Or, by moving away, not because of a job relocation, but just to spite the other parents. And, all too often, parents withhold visitation rights from the other parent, which is hurtful and many times goes against court orders.