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Managing child support and a coparenting relationship

For some estranged Georgia couples with minor children, co-parenting after a divorce can be a difficult balancing act. It may require making judgments about what is best for the children in both the short and long run even when the answer is unclear.

For example, one couple divorced over financial issues and a disagreement about career and other goals. Several years later, the man had financial issues and was trying to put together a payment plan that would allow him to declare bankruptcy while keeping his home and car. At that time, he was unable to pay the full child support amount. However, when he contacted his wife and asked for more time to pay, she gave him a month to catch up on payments. When he did not, she turned to legal solutions.

From her point of view, she did the right thing in order to protect their children. From his point of view, this hurt the children in the long run because the appearance of this child support debt on his credit made his own financial situation more tenuous. He was unable to complete the bankruptcy filing as he had hoped and lost his home. When he needed to replace his car, the child support debt meant he could not get a loan. Also, he was concerned about a potential employer running a credit check.

These are difficult issues to manage because a custodial parent may not have much room to maneuver financially and may depend on child support. However, if a parent is unable to keep up child support payments, it is possible to file a petition with the court for a modification based on a change in circumstances from when the payment was originally assigned. This might have worked for the father in this case, but some parents may choose to discuss the issue between themselves first.

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