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Can Child Support be Mediated?

Yes.

The court always maintains jurisdiction to oversee child support, but there are many aspects that can be mediated.  This could range from setting an initial amount, agreeing to modification, or (in the case of arrearage) setting out the terms by which the amount overdue might be made up or even forgiven in part (if that is appropriate).  Once parties agree to the modified terms, this should be taken to the court for approval.  Because the mediated terms are uncontested, however, court action to seek ratification of the agreement will be  less expensive than a court battle.  The advantage of mediation is not just to save time and expense, however.  A key advantage of mediation is that it allows for better solutions.

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