If you have children with your spouse and are facing a divorce, it may seem unthinkable that you could ever agree on custody and child support. These issues are just too emotional to work out through an agreement, right? Well, in most cases people actually do resolve these issues through a settlement agreement rather than trial. There are also some huge benefits to doing so. At The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A., we help divorcing couples reach amicable agreements in order to resolve their divorces in a speedy and peaceful way as often as possible. Here are some strong considerations when getting a divorce with kids.
Start with the areas you agree on. Yes, you may have children, and there may be a hundred things on which you cannot see eye-to-eye, but can you agree on who gets the big screen TV? Can you agree on who should keep the minivan? Can you agree on which school the children should attend? Can you agree on which parent will carry the health insurance? If so, your attorney can put these uncontested items in writing and you and your spouse can put those issues behind you so that you can narrow down your disagreement to the remaining issues that are actually in dispute. It may only be a couple major points.
The State of Maryland has already decided your child support obligation to a large degree. This is because the calculation for support is a statutory matter. Sure, if you are likely to be paying, then you and your attorney should carefully look at exemptions and things that can be used to offset and reduce child support. Likewise, if you anticipate receiving support, you and your attorney should carefully assess whether there is any hidden income that needs to be dealt with. But aside from these issues, child support really isn’t something that courts are going to vary widely based on argument.
Now this is the heart of most divorces involving children. In truth, custody and visitation are largely the primary dispute that divorcing couples must resolve. And it’s no easy task. But just remember that physical custody does not necessarily mean sole custody. The parent who will be considered the physical custodian of the child does not always have to have a disproportionate share of parenting time. In fact, Maryland law has evolved over time, and many parents find that co-parenting is much easier than ever before.
One of the best things you can do to calm your nerves and give you peace of mind is to speak with an experienced attorney who can counsel you through the coming challenges of your divorce. In reality, all divorces have the potential to be uncontested. If you and your spouse can put the children first and reach agreements on the majority of your differences, you will save time, money and energy all around. For help planning your divorce, call the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. in Maryland today.
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