Can child support be settled out of court, and can that settlement be challenged in court? I am wondering if settlement of child support out of court has any bearing on the legal proceedings and if they're recognized at all by the court even if a contract was signed. Is this the case in North America, what about Europe?


Child support arrangements can be negotiated by the parties, however, approval of the court is required to make them binding. Courts will reject arrangements that deviate too far from what a court would impose.

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  • What is if it's a large lump sum of money like 2 million? I am asking because sometimes it's 10-25% of the earnings, but if someone earns above $100 million a year the payments could be considered ludicrously high. – blackbird Jul 14 '19 at 22:47
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    What does the size have to do with it? – Dale M Jul 14 '19 at 22:47
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    @blackbird To make Dale's response more clear: child support payments aren't about providing a child with a minimum standard of living. They're more geared to provide the child with a standard of living based off of what they would have had if you were supporting them in a more normal fashion. So if you're making $100m a year, the court will generally seek to provide that child with the "I have a parent who makes $100m a year" lifestyle. The (US) legal system considers that to be an obligation you signed up for when you procreated. – zibadawa timmy Jul 15 '19 at 4:13

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