A parent can seek a child support modification any time after the original
child support order has been issued. If there is any substantial change
in the financial condition of either of the non-custodial or the custodial
parent, a child support modification can be applied for. However, once
the first modification action is taken, the rules for further modification
become very complicated.
Here are some of the most common scenarios in which child support modification
is appropriate :
- A change in the parenting time schedule.
- A failure on the part of the custodial parent to exercise parenting time.
- An increase or decrease in the payor’s income.
- An increase or decrease in the recipient’s income.
- A change in the family structure.
In any of the above mentioned cases, a child support modification can be filed.
Let’s have a look at some of the important factors that can contribute
to a child support modification petition.
Loss of job:
If you pay child support currently and if you have lost job, the court
may reduce your child support obligation. Lowering child support obligation
is possible on the basis of loss of income. However, in that case you
will have to establish that there has been a substantial change in your
financial circumstances, and that your change is not temporary nor the
result of your voluntary conduct.
Increase in earning
If you are getting child support from your ex-spouse and you have come
to know that there has been an increase in his or her salary, you may
file for a child support modification claiming that the child support
obligation should be increased.
Change in Parenting time:
The child support guidelines take into consideration the amount of parenting
time that the non-custodial parent has. Essentially, the more overnights
the non-custodial parent has, the less his child support obligation will
be. The rational is that the more overnights the non-custodial parent
has, the more costs that parent is absorbing directly when the child is with him.
No matter what your situation is, you must hire a
child support lawyer. You can count on Moskowitz Law Group, LLC. Our lawyers have years
of experience in handling child support cases. They can ensure that the
verdict goes in your favor.
Contact us to know more about our firm and how we can help you.