When the courts finalize your divorce and issue a child support order, it seems like a permanent decision. However, child support is an aspect of divorce that the courts can always review and modify later.
Whether you are the parent receiving child support or the parent paying child support, you might end up in a situation where you need to ask the court to make some changes to the support order. Looking at some of the more common reasons for modification requests can help you determine whether you are in a situation that justifies a modification hearing.
Your Income or Your Ex’s Income Changed Significantly
One of the biggest influences on the amount of child support the courts order is the income and economic circumstances of each parent. If your ex who pays support has recently gotten a big raise, it might be reasonable to ask for more child support. If you pay support but have lost your job, asking for a reduction is probably necessary until you get a new job.
The Needs of the Child Have Changed Substantially
Children in different circumstances have different financial needs. What may have been a sufficient amount of support years ago may no longer come anywhere close to covering the costs your child now incurs. Higher costs for child care, education or medical care may justify a modification request.
The Circumstances No Longer Justify Child Support
If your child is nearing the end of high school, whether or not you pay child support may depend on their enrollment status in school. If they graduate or drop out, you may be able to terminate your child support at that time.
Regardless of why you think a modification is necessary, getting help from a family law attorney with evaluating your situation and with your filing can help improve your chances of success and you want to adjust the amount of support after a divorce.