Child support modifications can come with specific circumstances

By |2022-04-06T15:00:52+00:0029 Jun 2018|Categories: Child Support|


A child support order is meant to ensure that both parents are putting up money to support the financial needs of a child. Unfortunately, even the best laid out child support order might not make the responsibility equal. There are some instances in which the initial order meets the needs of the situation, but it might not be adequate throughout the child’s life.

There may need to be a modification of the child support order if the circumstances change. For the paying parent, the need might arise if you lose your job or are demoted. In these cases, you might not be able to keep up with the ordered payments. Still, you should pay to the best of your ability because you will end up in arrears if you don’t. Additionally, you need to file the modification petition as soon as possible. The modification likely can’t be applied retroactively, so the sooner you can get it handled, the better you might be financially.

The parent who receives the child support might also file for a modification. This often comes if the cost of raising the child increases dramatically and unexpectedly. It might also happen if the paying parent gets a promotion or raise. In this case, you should file for the modification as soon as possible since this might help you to get the support you need faster than if you wait around before filing.

No matter which side of the case you are on, remember that a modification isn’t going to come from a small change in circumstances. Typically, the change that makes the modification necessary has to be significant.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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