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What to do if you disagree with child support in California

On Behalf of | May 4, 2022 | Child Support

Child support can be a difficult issue to deal with in California, especially if you and your ex can’t agree on the amount. Here are some options available to help you solve this problem.

Try to come up with an agreement on your own

Before you involve anyone else in this matter, try to come up with a solution on your own. This is usually the best option because it will be less expensive and stressful than all the other means. It is also faster, and you’ll have more control over the outcome.

Consider working with a mediator

A mediator is a neutral third party who will help you and your ex come up agreement on your child support issue. It is also a good choice because they won’t decide for you; instead, they’ll guide you towards an amicable solution fitting for each one of you. Furthermore, mediation is faster and cheaper than going to court.

Try an arbitrator

If mediation doesn’t work, you could try an arbitrator. This is similar to mediation, but the arbitrator will listen to both sides’ arguments, look through your pieces of evidence and then make a decision for you. The arbitrator’s decision will be in a formal document that you must both sign. It is final and legally binding, meaning that if you or your partner disobeys it you can be sued.

Go to court

If all else fails, you can go to court and let a judge decide how much child support you should pay. This alternative is usually more expensive and stressful than other options, but it may be necessary if you can’t agree on anything else.

Doing all of these things can help you and your ex agree on child support, even if it takes time and effort. Remember that what’s most important when finding your solution is your child’s best interests.