Child Support Modifications

Once the divorce is over, and child support has been agreed to, the legal process is over, right? Possibly, but not necessarily. Life changes, such as loss of a job, health issues, or any significant change in your circumstances, can lead to a child support modification. You will need a qualified child support attorney who can help you seek post-judgment modifications for child support.

Child support is modifiable until the child turns 18. Also, just because a party has modified a child support order once, does not mean they are ineligible for a second or even third modification. Especially in these hard economic times, people are losing their jobs, receiving unemployment or taking substantial pay cuts. These can be valid reasons for modification of both raising or lowering support payments. However, it is important to remember that regardless of the impact the recession has had on your child support, it is the very first bill that should be paid every month. Child support takes greatest precedence, even over mortgage and car payments. This is the sentiment that the state and courts will have.

If your divorce has been settled for some time, but the financial situations of one or both parents have changed, you may need to re-visit the child support payment agreement. Items which will be looked at include the income of both parents, the number of children in the family, the costs of child care and living expenses, and health insurance and medical costs, just to name a few. A child support modification doesn't always mean an increase in monthly child support. In the case of the custodial parent getting a big raise, for instance, the non-custodial parent may be entitled to a decrease in their monthly child support payments.

For your child support modification case, contact the Law Offices of Hollie A. Lemkin. Hollie will review your current child support agreement, and make recommendations as to the advisability of beginning a child support modification. Call 949-734-4788 today for a consultation or to begin the process.