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Child support can be determined through negotiations

Child support is one component of a child custody case that can be especially difficult for parents to come to an agreement on. The paying parent might think that the amount is too high while the recipient parent might feel that the amount isn't high enough. Both sides of the case should understand that if they can't come to an agreement, the court will step in and order child support payments in an amount that complies with Texas guidelines.

Parents sometimes opt to work on child support agreements so that they can take their child and the unique circumstances of the agreement into account. These can be difficult for a court to fully understand because the court officials aren't living in the situation.

There are a few ways that you can come to an agreement about child support. One of these is by using mediation to determine the child support amount. Another is by alternative dispute resolution. The final way is to have the court determine all factors.

If you opt to come to an agreement with your ex, you should know that every aspect of the child support has to be agreed upon. This includes the payment amount, frequency of payments, and how long the payments will continue. If any of those can't be agreed upon, the process will have to stop and the court will have to make the determination.

Even if you and your ex can come to an agreement, the court will likely have to finalize the agreement. While doing this, the court will determine if the agreement meets the legal standards that apply to the case. This is one reason why having legal representation during this process is a good idea.

Source: FindLaw, "Child Support by Agreement," accessed Oct. 07, 2016

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