Can Both Parents Opt Out of Child Support?

One of the most criticized systems in the United States is the child support system. While every parent wants to be there for their child, the idea of fixed monthly payments can be a burden to many people, especially those with changing income. Fortunately, there is a way for neither parent to pay child support, but it takes a lot of negotiation.

Couples with evenly split custody can work out an agreement to avoid paying child support to each other. In these situations, however, it is important to spell out exactly what expenses will be paid for by each parent. While housing, food, and other similar costs are usually covered by each parent, other expenses such as health care and school tuition need to be negotiated.

Because no payments are being transferred between the parents, every expense that comes up has to be negotiated separately. Parents choosing this arrangement often choose to spell out expenses in the divorce agreement in order to avoid future conflicts. In addition, many parents also choose to specify the arrangements to negotiate unforeseen future expenses, as well as revisit past negotiations in the event that circumstances change in the future.

In some cases, arrangements can be made for one parent to pay for designated expenses without having completely even custody. In these cases, it is possible to work out a variety of physical custody arrangements. It’s important to note, however, that parents that do not have evenly split custody will need to be able to show how the expenses involved in the care of the children will be shared fairly. For example, the parent without primary custody will need to show that he or she will pick up expenses that make up for his or her reduced care costs.

If you're looking for a child support attorney, contact the team at Gerkin & Decker today. From family law to estate planning, we can help you navigate through your case. Contact us today for a consultation. 

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