If you have a great relationship with your ex then you may feel as if the two of you will do fine just having your own verbal agreement on child support. While this can end up going fine, or maybe even going great for a length of time, it can also turn around and end up badly for one or even both of you. You can learn about some of the reasons why having a legal agreement for child support in place is a good idea by reading this article.
Things can change at any moment with regards to your relationship
One of the things you need to consider is when you are no longer with someone it's hard to know when things will change due to changes in their life. For example, the two of you may have everything worked out perfectly and then they get a new mate. The new mate can tell them they are being taken advantage of and get in their head. The next thing you know the two of you can start getting in big arguments over child support. Having a legally binding agreement in place can prevent both of you from even finding yourselves in this situation.
There is someone to make sure everything goes smoothly
When you have had the court validate the amount of child support paid every month, there is someone there to oversee that everything goes as it should. If at any time one party stops paying what they are supposed to or the other party tries to demand more than what is stipulated, then the other can go directly to the court and ask for assistance with regards to straightening out the issue. It's nice to know that there is a go-to party to turn to if things start to go wrong with regards to the child support plan.
Child support can be changed through the court
When the child support order is set through the court it doesn't mean that the amount is set in stone forever. If the person paying support suddenly loses their job they can still go to the court and get the amount lowered so they don't fall behind and find themselves in legal trouble. However, the court will still be there to make sure the person getting support is still receiving a fair amount of help and not being taken advantage of.