What Is Child Support Modification?
When parents divorce, the court will enter certain orders regarding the children. Among these orders is the order to pay child support. The amount of support is determined by guidelines put in place by the court, and in some instances a deviation from those guidelines is appropriate.
Child support modification is appropriate when finances change. When your life changes, we help change your support order.
The same is true when there is a change in circumstances, giving rise to the need for one party to ask the court to change the support order. The request for change may be for an increase or decrease in what is being paid. The type of modification you seek depends on your circumstances, and our job is to present all relevant facts to the court for consideration and argue for a change that meets your needs.
What Circumstances Lead to Modifying Child Support?
In order to obtain a modification of child support, the party seeking the change has to present evidence of a change in circumstances. This can include:
- Loss of job or employment at a lower wage
- An increase in responsibilities, such as a remarriage and additional dependents needing support
- An increase in income, or receipt of money such as an inheritance
The court will look at the ability of both parents to provide support when a modification is requested, but will take the newly changed circumstances into consideration. Presenting clear evidence as to why the modification is appropriate is key, and our team maintains years of experience in this area.