Child support modifications are a common occurrence two divorced parents. There are various reasons why someone may want to modify their child support payments. Here is a further look at why a parent may want to request a child support modification.
It’s important to note that there are very few reasons why a court would consider a child support modification. One reason is if there is a substantial change in income of the obligator. Another reason is if there is a change in the child’s needs.
For custodial parents, requesting a child custody modification could occur if the other parent’s income has increased significantly since the order was originated. Another appropriate time to put in the request is if the child’s needs have increased significantly, such as education or medical expenses increasing. This will improve the likelihood of the court honoring the request. A non-custodial parent should request a child custody modification if they have experienced a significant decrease in income.
While both parents are able to request a modification, there may be limits on how often a judge will reconsider. For instance, some states may only consider a child custody modification every 24 months.
For individuals who are going through a divorce and are facing a child custody battle, an attorney may help parents fight for fair child support. If the court-ordered payment is not agreeable to both spouses, attorneys may step in to help resolve issues and make the process go more smoothly. For instance, an attorney might explain child custody guidelines, use mediation to negotiate child support or represent the client if child support disputes go wrong.