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A Better Understanding of Child Support Modification Requests

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Support on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

It is commonly understood that following a divorce, many circumstances may change as life, of course, is full of changes. Following a court order or settlement agreement concerning child support, modifications may be necessary for either one or both parties as circumstances change down the road.

For parents either seeking a modification or contesting a modification of a support order, it is important to understand what is involved. The government and, of course, the court are involved in child support issues. In circumstances when the financial situation of either of the parties has significantly changed, or the child's circumstances have significantly changed requiring a modification of child support, a child support modification may be possible.

It is also important to keep in mind that current child support orders should be carefully followed and any desired changes to a child support order should be promptly sought through the courts and family law process to avoid unwanted consequences such as a parent not meeting required child support obligations. The court will review a request for a child support modification based on any substantial change in circumstances while, at the same time, preserving the child's best interests.

Specific situations that may warrant a child support modification can include the loss of a job, a change in income, if one of the parents has remarried, if health insurance has changed or child custody arrangements have changed. Life changes following a divorce or paternity determination can be expected which is why the family law system provides a process for child support modifications based on a significant change in circumstances. Because child support obligations are important, it is helpful to fully understand the process when seeking a child support modification.

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