Following divorce, life does not stay the same which is why child support and child custody modification options may be available to help parents and families with the changes they face. In some circumstances, it may be possible to modify a child support or child custody order so it is helpful for parents to understand child support modification options that may be available to them.
In general, a post-divorce modification may be granted based on a significant change in circumstances. Examples of what may be considered a significant change in circumstances can include a change in income, change in marital status, unemployment or a serious injury. A significant change in circumstances for either the parents or the child may qualify for a modification. It is important for parents who think they may need a modification to request one as soon as possible from the family law court and continue to abide by any child support order in place until a modification is granted.
Parents seeking a child support modification will need to make a request for one with the family law court. Parents should also be prepared to document the significant change in circumstances they have experienced which led to the request for a child support modification. If possible to reach a modification agreement with the other parent, parents should pursue that option. Any change will need to be approved by the family law court and it is essential for parents to continuing making payments according to their child support order until any modification has been granted.
The family law process is designed to help meet the needs of parents and families which can include post-divorce modifications. Parents should understand the modification process and the options that may be available to them when they are struggling with an existing child support order.