It’s important to consult with a divorce attorney before requesting a child support modification.
When do I need a child support modification?
You have already been to court. You have a judgment, but the orders are not working. It may be possible to get a child support modification. Maybe child support is too low. Maybe you lost your job and can no longer afford to pay spousal support. Maybe the children want to come live with you. Whenever you need to go back to court to change an order, it is called a child support modification. It is not always easy to change a court order. Hiring a skilled attorney that understands the law and actually listens to your story is key.
Changing a court order is not always easy. Not all court orders can be changed, and those that are modifiable require a “significant change of circumstances,” meaning that something new or different must have happened since the last court order. Sometimes, going back to court makes matters worse. It could be that you are trying to lower your child support, but, after court, your support goes up. It could be that you are trying to increase your time with the children, but, after court, you end up with less time. Before requesting a child support modification, you should have an experienced attorney analyze your case to determine whether a modification is possible and whether you will benefit from one. The last thing you want is to be is surprised when you go to court.