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Forgiveness is important when it comes to co-parenting

Ideally, a person in a committed relationship wouldn't take steps to hinder their partner's ability to earn money or chase a dream. However, some Maryland residents could do just that without even realizing it. If a couple with children gets divorced, the custodial parent may be tempted to turn the case over to the authorities if back child support is owed. This could have negative consequences for both the noncustodial parent and kid.

The child may sense that money or winning an argument is more important than their happiness. Furthermore, the noncustodial parent may have trouble finding work or getting a loan because of unpaid child support. In many cases, the fact that a parent owes child support will show up on a credit report or negatively impact their credit score. If a parent can't find a job, it could make it harder to keep up with current support payments or otherwise provide for the child.

Instead of issuing threats, parents should work together to resolve any problems that they may have. In the event that a former spouse does something out of anger, the victim of that anger should seek to forgive as much as possible. Thinking of the children and their needs may be the best way to accomplish that goal.

If a parent fails to pay child support as ordered, agencies could enforce serious penalties. A noncustodial parent could also have their wages garnished until a past due child support balance has been paid. Those who are owed child support may wish to seek help from the state in getting that money. However, it might be possible to work with the noncustodial parent to create a mutually beneficial agreement.

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