On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child support on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.
When you are packing your child up to go back to school in the coming weeks, you probably aren’t going to give them the same clothes, the same supplies and the same books you gave them a few years ago. This wouldn’t work because things have changed and your child needs things that fit their needs better.
This is how you might also want to look at your child support order. If you have had the same order in place for a few years now, it might be time to revisit it and make sure it still fits your needs and your child’s needs.
As you should know, child support orders are created using fairly straightforward calculations. The courts add up the money each parent has coming in, subtract the money going out and factor in the needs of the child and the parenting time each person has.
However, over time, these elements can change dramatically. Parents can get a promotion or receive a large inheritance, which would affect how much money they have coming in. Increased medical bills and job loss can result in more money going out. The needs of the child can change if he or she develops a serious illness, and a parental move can disrupt a custody plan and result in a dramatic shift in parenting time.
In any of these situations, it may be a good idea to have the courts review a child support order. In some cases, a change can be so significant that it warrants a modification. This means that the courts will recalculate support based on the updated information.
If you have questions or concerns about changing an existing child support order, it would be a good idea to consult an attorney who is familiar with the legal process of doing so. With legal guidance and support, you can work to ensure your child support order continues to be fair and appropriate.