Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

Creating a child support agreement during a divorce

Not all matters related to divorce must be acrimonious. In fact, there are several important legal matters related to divorce that may be resolved through negotiations and agreements directly between the parties. In Salt Lake City parties to a divorce may choose to discuss and decide their own child support terms, often with the help of their legal representatives.

A child support agreement differs from a court-issued child support order most specifically in its creation. Whereas an order is drafted and promulgated by a judge after considering the evidence in a family law matter, an agreement is created by the parties who sign off on its terms. A divorcing mother and father can maintain more control over the support decisions that will affect their kids if they choose to work out an agreement between them.

However, not all individuals going through divorce will be successful in their attempts to draft and agree to operable child support agreements. Some people may simply be unable to find common ground with their former partners or may not feel as though their negotiations are fruitful. In situations such as this it is possible for the parties to return their child support matter to the court in order to have a judicial order created.

A child support agreement is just one of the types of agreements that a person may negotiate on their own when they find themselves in the family courts of Utah. Negotiating such matters can be overwhelming, though, and not all individuals want to undertake such important legal matters on their own. It can be useful for individuals working through family law disputes to solicit the assistance of legal professionals who make divorce, custody, and support the business of their practices.

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