Parties in a divorce case who are ordered by a court to make child support payments to their former spouse almost always see it as a never-ending obligation that’s, quite honestly, the worst thing they could ever be forced to do.
In their eyes, it’s like their ex won the war, and now they’ll always have this one thing linking them together.
“It’s not fair,” they exclaim. “I shouldn’t have to do this.”
“I could be using this money to pay my own bills,” they add.
Make no mistake about it; paying child support is an obligation that cannot be avoided. If a judge says you have to pay, you must pay what they tell you to pay and when they tell you to pay it or make arrangements to have those child support payments adjusted to meet your situation. No amount of bellyaching is going to help your cause.
Therefore, you might as well focus on the positive side. Not only is paying child support an issue you should be taking seriously (you’ll go to jail if you don’t), but it is a tool to make everyone’s life easier after a marriage ends.
Here are four reasons why you should happily be paying child support:
It’s for your kids
The sooner you realize the money you are paying in child support is for the benefit of your children and not for your ex’s next vacation, the better off you’ll be. Also remember that despite everything that has gone wrong between you and your former spouse, it is not your kids’ fault. They deserve protection, and this is money that will be used to provide clothing, food, shelter, medical and dental care, and education. Spare no expense in keeping your children happy and healthy.
When couples divorce, many times you have a situation where the parent who is caring for the children must shoulder a lot more of the burden of caring for the kids. Maybe it’s a wife who previously didn’t have a job, or she has a job but doesn’t make as much money as you. Making your child support payments regularly and on time ensures financial stability is as equal as possible in each parent’s home.
You’ll have a better relationship with your ex
This seems like an impossible task, and no one is suggesting you’ll get back together. But when you both are contributing to your kids’ well-being, it is more likely that a positive relationship will blossom, which can make things easier with scheduling visitations, eliminating future trips to the courtroom, and showing your kids that they still have two parents.
You’ll stay out of trouble
Like we mentioned earlier, paying child support is not an option. In fact, not doing so can lead to stiff penalties, possible jail time, or both. Here is an informative blog we wrote detailing four simple ways to avoid a child-support enforcement case. Trust me, falling behind on your obligations is not a path you want to go down.
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When it comes to paying child support, it is always a good idea to talk to a lawyer about your situation. Give our knowledgeable staff here at Nelson Law Group, PC in Flower Mound, Texas a call if you have any further questions regarding this – or any other – issue. Give us a call today! For more information about Brett A Nelson, click here.