Tips For Child Support Modifications

There may be circumstances in which you may need to seek modifications you’re your child support. While a modification may not be easy to get approved, there are circumstances that may be substantial enough to get approved:

  • The paying parent lost their job or received a decrease in income
  • The receiving parent has received a significant increase in their income
  • In the event that either parent gets married
  • If a child has reached the age of 18
  • In the event that a child develops special needs or required medical care

In order to better handle a child support modification, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Act in a timely manner. In the event that you lose your job or cannot afford to pay your current required child support, it is critical to immediately take the necessary steps for a child support modification, especially since you will continue to owe your current amount until your modification has been approved.

Work with the other parent. While this may not be a possibility for every situation, it may be beneficial to speak with the other parent and try to work out child support modifications together.

Keep documentation of your change. In order to prove that there has been a significant change in your ability to make your child support payments, it is critical to have documentation showing your loss of income, a job change, or proof of trying to find new employment.

Consult with an attorney. It is always in your best interest to consult with an attorney who specializes in child support modifications. They will help you to better understand if your life change will qualify you for a modification, as well as help you with mediations and filing for the proper motions.

Whether you are looking to modify your current child support agreement, or are wishing to prevent one, it is important to seek the expertise of a divorce and child support attorney.

The attorneys at Cosley Law Office have been specializing in family law for more than 20 years. Contact us for help with your divorce, child custody, or child support needs today.

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