It is not uncommon for financial arguments and divorce to go together. Stress coming from disagreements over money is among the things that can put a couple on the path to divorce. Also, financial issues, like spousal support and property division, can be some of the more contentious ones in divorces.
What about after a divorce? Once a divorce is final, you don’t have to worry about getting into fights over finances with your ex anymore, right? Unfortunately, for many, this proves not to be the case. There can still be plenty of potential battlegrounds over money issues for divorced couples. This can especially be the case for divorced couples with kids.
For one, parents could get into disputes over child support. This could include disputes stemming from failures to make support payments or changed circumstances that could impact the suitability of the current support arrangement.
Also, disputes could arise between parents when it comes to extra costs related to the kids beyond the expenses covered by their child support arrangement. This could include things like costs related to:
- Helping kids pay for college
- Extracurricular activities
- New technology
- Helping kids with car payments
What could help parents with reducing the chances of bitter disputes arising over such “extra” expenses following a divorce? Things that could prove helpful include:
- Addressing as many potential future expenses regarding the kids as possible in the initial divorce agreement
- Ex-spouses maintaining strong lines of communication with each other when it comes to issues involving the kids
- When disputes start to arise, ex-spouses having an honest discussion to see if they can find a way to resolve the matter in a fair and straightforward way
- Ex-spouses keeping the kids’ best interests as the main focus when having these discussions
Many times, when ex-spouses get into disagreements after a divorce, such as disputes over expenses related to the kids, they are able to resolve the argument without having to go to the courts. However, instances can sometimes arise where this proves impossible and legal action becomes necessary. When this happens, it can be important for a parent to get skilled guidance on navigating his or her legal case.