Implications of child support modification can be serious

By |2022-04-01T12:20:20+00:0004 Jul 2014|Categories: Child Support, Child Support Modification, Custodial Parent, Income, Medical Expenses|

Implications of child support modification can be serious

California is a progressive state when it comes to child support issues. Child support modification can be obtained by petitioning family court and is usually obtained by a custodial parent whenever necessary and can include an increase in child support, a decrease in the amount or elimination of existing child support.

A precondition of child support modification is, however, an alteration or modification in circumstances. Only a significant change can enable a parent to demand a boost or a reduction in the existing child support. Change in this case legally means a permanent change that is substantial in nature. Being temporarily laid off from a job, for instance, is not necessarily deemed permanent for the purposes of modification.

Further, the burden of proof of change lies on the parent requesting the modification. A judge must decide that circumstances have changed before reviewing any financial papers that support the request. Proponents of this process believe the complexity of the child support modification request process is needed to reduce instances of gratuitous, inconsequential and frivolous requests.

A modification in child support historically is granted in cases where a significant and permanent change in the income of a parent has happened. In addition, in cases where the child is suffering, or has suffered from some serious illness, child support may be modified for reasons of healthcare needs and increased medical expenses.

Here in California, a modification is granted where adequate reason for such a modification is provided. The California family court judge has the imperative to decide whether or not the cause is sufficient. For those seeking a modification, understand the rights and obligations is a good first step to presenting the strongest possible case.

Source: South Jersey Times, “Your Legal Corner: Modification of a child support order,” June 22, 2014

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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