Key Considerations When Updating A Child Support Order


Child support is one of those inevitabilities of being a non-custodial parent. Whether part of a divorce or just a determination after your child is born, a child support order is enforceable in many ways. That's why it's important that you keep your child support order up to date based on your current circumstances. As a result, there may come a time when you need to have that order modified. Here's a look at some of the many reasons why you should reach out to a child support lawyer about modifying your child support order and payment amount.

Your Income Changed

Your child support payment is calculated based on your earnings and those of the other parent. That's why you should always reach out to a child support lawyer as soon as possible if your income changes. That way, you can file a petition for modification with the courts. Your child support lawyer will show you how to fill out the petition and will tell you what information you'll have to provide as documentation of that change. It's important that you show whether the change was voluntary or not, and provide any evidence you can to prove it to the courts.

If you are unemployed, the court will want to see documentation of what led to your unemployment. If you are voluntarily unemployed, such as if you quit your job, you'll definitely want to have a child support lawyer there to help you navigate the situation in court.

Medical Issue

If you've been diagnosed with a serious illness, or you've recently been approved for Social Security Disability benefits, those are also reasons to consider a child support modification. You should reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible about the situation so that they can help you determine whether or not you're a good candidate for modification based on your injury or situation.

In addition, it's important that you hire a child support lawyer for this type of situation because you'll also have to supply medical records or occupational assessments that prove your claims, and you'll want to be sure that those records are obtained legally and are secure.

Custody Change

If you have recently taken a more active role in your child's life and have had custody of your child more frequently than the initial order considered, that's another key consideration for having your child support order modified. 

You should reach out to a child support lawyer for this type of situation as well. You may need to have some clear evidence of the custody time, including video, calendar updates, and more. Your lawyer will know what the court wants to see, and they can help you to prepare.

These are some of the common reasons for modifying an existing support order. Talk with your child support lawyer today for more help and information. 



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