Your original child support arrangement might have seemed ironclad when it was issued, but courts are sometimes amenable to changing support orders when circumstances have changed. Maybe you have lost your job or source of income. Maybe your ex-spouse has come into some money. Or maybe your children have additional medical or schooling expenses that were not accounted for in the original child support order.
When child support modification is on the table, the key is to have an experienced family law attorney at your side. At Burns Law Group, PC, our experienced family law attorneys can evaluate your situation and help you argue for or against a support modification. We can help you make smart decisions for you and your children and argue persuasively to a court on your behalf.
How Courts Decide For Or Against Modification
It can be challenging to prove that your child support order should be adjusted. On the other end of the spectrum, you may be fighting a modification and concerned it might be unfairly approved. Among the reasons a court may allow a child support modification are:
- If the child’s needs, especially involving health care, increase dramatically in cost
- If the parent who pays support suffers loss or reduced income
- If the parent paying support now has a much higher income than at the time of the original support agreement
If you are the noncustodial parent, and believe it would be unfair to have to pay an increased amount of child support, it will be extremely important to demonstrate why there are no changed circumstances that warrant this increase. On the other hand, if you are dependent on the noncustodial parent and he or she is resisting an increase, it’s important to show legally why the modification is justified. In either case, Burns Law Group, PC, has the experience to help prove why your position is valid.
Take Steps Now For The Modification Result You Need
Child support modifications can be complex. In addition to the more common reasons modifications are sought, there are several additional circumstances which can potentially compel a court to change the original child support order. These include if one of the parents has since married a high wage earner, for example, or if the noncustodial parent isn’t honoring the terms of visitation.
To find out how our Canton, Georgia, attorneys can help you with a child support modification issue, call 770-956-1400 or complete our email form to schedule a consultation. Our lawyers are experienced at modifying child support orders and we’re ready and willing to help you today.