How Can I Modify Child Support?
Modifying Child Support in Massachusetts When Change Comes
When first considering a change in child support, 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.
That’s a lot of money.
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.
However, 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. At Miller Law Group, our Massachusetts child support attorneys can help you with that. Call today if you'd like to learn more.