How Can I Modify Child Support?
Modifying Child Support when Change Comes
When first considering a change in child support, do the math!
Divorce agreements weren’t meant to last forever and when there’s a change in circumstances, you can go back and modify it. When it comes to child support, you can change it every three years as a right! Even if you’re not sure if your child support agreement needs changing, you can revisit it every three years! If there has been a change in circumstances and you have compelling reasons, you can get your child support agreement changed. Now we’re going to talk about modification, and you want to know what circumstances would warrant you modifying child support.
Well, here’s the first thing I’m going to say:
You see that calculator flying all over the website and the numbers buzzing
around—do the math. Do you realize, if there could be $75, maybe $90 or $100, a week that
we can have your support lowered or increased, that’s $5,000 a year.
If you have a 5-year-old, you have got 13 to 15 years to go.
Do the math. That’s a lot of money.
So, when it makes sense, understand—modification is all right in the court’s eyes. Why? Divorce agreements weren’t meant to last forever, and when there’s a change in circumstances, you can go back and change it or modify that order.When it comes to child support, you can modify it every three years as a right. That means, even if you don’t know of a change in circumstances, you can get a checkup every three years. It’s in the new child support guidelines. Or, if it’s less than three years and you know there’s been a change in circumstances — maybe someone lost their job, maybe someone got a raise; there can be new issues at home that warrant modification, such as the parenting plan.
But what you need to be able to do is have compelling evidence why there has been a change in circumstances and present that in front of the court in order to have your child support changed.