Child Support modification can occur when either parent or their child has a significant change in their life’s circumstances. This can include changes in earnings, health, or a change in custody. A child’s preferences become important in Custody cases when the child turns twelve. Sometimes both parents can reach an agreement about a change in the child support order, If approved by a judge, Such agreement has the same force and effect as a court order.
The courts ask parents to show a reasonable change in circumstances in order to qualify for child support modifications, meaning that they have to show that something in their lives have changed that affects the way child support is determined. There are many things that apply, for instance:
You can request a child support modification at any time after divorce. However, it is recommended that you request a modification as soon as possible after the change in circumstances. Sometimes, a parent will wait to file for child support modification, because they think the change in circumstances is temporary, they are stressed about other things in their life, or they are in a situation that makes filing court papers difficult, such as jail or prison. They may think they will deal with changing child support orders later when it is more convenient, but this can be a big mistake.