Child support is typically paid until a child reaches the age of 18, but support payments very rarely stay the same throughout the child’s life. Sometimes child support payments are automatically increased when children reach milestone ages, but payments can also go up or down based on changes in the financial circumstances of either parent. Because child support is a court order, modifying it will require approval by a judge.
Temporary Child Support Modification
Not all modifications are permanent. If you are facing a short-term emergency, a temporary modification can offer financial benefits. Temporary modifications are usually granted when there is a medical emergency for the child or one of the parents, or if one suffers temporary job loss.
When Permanent Modifications Can Be Made
A permanent change in the financial position of either parent can be grounds for a permanent child support modification. There are many situations that can qualify for a modification:
As the custodial parent, requesting a child support modification can offer financial benefits for the child and family if you believe the other parent’s income has increased. As a non-custodial parent, it’s a good idea to only request a modification when you have experienced a great reduction in income or extraordinary circumstances. The courts often deny requests completely when income changes are not substantial.
Many states limit how often a child support order can be reconsidered. In most cases, an order can only be modified for whatever reason, every 24 months. If you believe you meet the qualifications to have your child support order modified, you will need to file a formal motion. An attorney can help you prepare your financial statements and other evidence to support your request. Contact the Jackson Law Firm today to schedule a consultation to review your child support order.
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