Family First: What You Should Be Updating With Your Family Lawyer in 2018
Though it’s not something most people like to think about, there are a number of issues that need to be addressed yearly when it comes to dealing with your family lawyer. At Valerie M. Little Family Law, we take the time to make sure that you understand everything you need to know to keep your house in order.
Let us show you how easy it can be to keep track of your legal obligations and put everyone’s mind at ease. Here’s what you need to update for 2018.
Child Support Payments
If your family relies on the stability of child support payments, it’s important that you have this information updated at least annually. Child support agreements are often based on the individual income of the person paying them. This means it’s important that the income information of that individual be updated yearly to make sure the amount of table support is properly calculated relative to their new income. It is also important to disclose your annual income if you and the other parent are sharing Section 7 expenses. Your proportionate share of Section 7 expenses may also need to be adjusted annually. In addition, often times the actual Section 7 expenses incurred needs to readjusted if the children have additional expenses since the time the last calculation was made or if they are no longer incurring some of those Section 7 expenses.
Divorce is tough, there’s no doubt about it, especially during the holidays. There’s no easy way to decide who gets the children on what holidays of the year. Many couples try to divide holidays between the two of them, but sometimes they are unable to reach a fair compromise. More divorced couples are opting to alternate holidays on a yearly basis. This way, you can have the kids for Christmas at least every second year. Be sure to update this information with your family lawyer in Langley or Coquitlam on a yearly basis and ideally well in advance of December which is typically the busiest time of year for family lawyers.
Parenting arrangements can change on a year by year basis. It’s important to have an agreement that sets out the parenting times you are actually enjoying currently. While you may have and amicable split with your former partner, now would be the time to reduce your verbal agreements into writing while you are both getting along.
At Valerie M. Little Family Law in Maple Ridge, we take the well-being your children and yourself very seriously. For a family lawyer in Langley, Coquitlam, New Westminster or Burnaby, give us a call today. Let us make the difficult times a little bit easier.