Sylvia Brown April 1, 2021 Parenting
Millions of Americans have grown up in households with a step-parent. Whether a stepmother or stepfather, it is not uncommon for children to become just as attached to a step-parent as to the corresponding biological parent. In some cases children may only barely know that biological parent. Despite such a close bond, if the child`s parent and step-parent divorce, it can be difficult for the step-parent to gain legal visitation or custody rights.
Filing for child support is a different process than filing the parenting agreement, but they relate and they can be done at the same time. There are just different papers to fill out. The parenting agreement affects the support payments, because the information in the agreement determines the amount of support. The agreement has the custody and visitation schedule, which provides the timeshare percentage of each parent. The agreement should also contain stipulations about how the parents will provide insurance, education, and other necessities for the child. Some states use these factors to help determine the amount of support.
Divorce and separation are difficult not only for the child but also for the parents. It is important that the parents do all they can to make the transition as seamless and easy as possible. Parents should try and work together if possible to create a single parenting plan so it is created in the child`s best interests. Courts will mostly accept a plan upon which both parents agree and have cooperated on.
The solution is to focus on the needs of the child. The mother and father should make a parenting time schedule that lets the child be with both parents in a situation where the child will benefit. If the child is old enough, parents may also want to consult with the child to find out what he/she thinks about the schedule.