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Could a parenting coordinator help child support negotiations

New Jersey parents who are preparing to divorce have a number of issues to take into consideration. Child custody and child support rank at the top of that list for spouses who share one or more children. Reaching an agreement on these matters can be difficult, especially when the parties are unable to see eye-to-eye on the cost of raising children, and the need for adequate levels of support.

One way to address this issue is to hire the services of a parenting coordinator. This is a trained professional who is skilled at conflict resolution, and also trained in areas of child psychology and mediation practices. A parenting coordinator can help a couple work out a custody arrangement that works for everyone, and serves the best interests of the child or children at the center of the matter.

When it comes to child support, a parenting coordinator is a neutral third party that can help spouses reach an agreement on the proper level of support. In many cases, the parent who is expected to make support payments is unaware or misinformed as to the cost of raising a child. In a marriage, many of those expenses were either absorbed into the household budget or simply did not exist, such as the need for child care that a single parent is likely to face.

By having a neutral professional work through these issues with both parents, the parties are often able to reach an agreement on how to structure child support. There are many different ways that New Jersey parents can help support their children, and a parenting coordinator can help both sides find a solution that is acceptable to everyone, and beneficial to the children involved. That is an outcome that everyone can support, no matter what side of the issue they are on.

Source: Babble, "How "Parenting Coordinators" Are Helping Divorced Parents Settle Issues Outside the Courtroom", Breanne Randall, March 20, 2017

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