Child support payments are designed to assist unmarried parents in building a future for their children. Often determined as a part of a divorce settlement, or when one partner is no longer involved in the child’s life, child support can be helpful in maintaining familiar living standards for the offspring involved.
Child support payments are determined by the income of both parents. The percentage of the couple’s combined income that each parent contributes helps determine the amount to pay in child support.
However, many things can happen in our personal lives after the gavel is sound and a permanent decision is made. With today’s fluctuating economy; hours, pay and benefits may vary, which could leave child support payments to be burdensome and overwhelming. This may cause you to want to modify child support payments to fit your new life changes. For whatever reason you may need to modify your payments, we have the expertise to assist you finding a more appropriate payment amount for your new circumstances.
EXAMPLE OF MODIFICATION SITUATIONS
- Child’s medical emergency
- Medical or financial hardship on part of the receiving parent
- Change in child support law
- Child’s needs change
- Cost of living increase
- Job loss with significant income change
PROVE YOUR CHANGE IN CIRCUMSTANCE
Keep any and all documentation regarding your shifting situation. This should include any pay stubs or communications from your employer regarding a change in scheduling, hours or payment. These changes in income must be involuntary; one cannot simply leave a job in efforts to avoid paying child support.
FIRST STEPS TO MODIFICATION
You must submit a written request for a modification review to the local office that manages your case. An evaluation will be conducted to determine whether the amount of child support will increase, decrease, or remain unchanged.
COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER PARENT
Before seeking to ask the judge for a modification, you should speak with the other parent to mutually come to an agreement about a change in your payments. If both parents are in agreement about the update, this makes the process much easier when taking the revision to the court for approval.
If your agreement was made as a part of a divorce settlement, there may be additional challenges to getting this payment amendment. Divorce settlement agreements are difficult to change, so speak to you lawyer directly if this is your unique situation.
For best results, a professional legal team is important to represent your rights and fight for your results. When left up to chance, you not only jeopardize your future, but also risk wasting money and time. An experienced team of legal professionals can help you get the child support modifications you need and specifically address your circumstances.