On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child support on Friday, June 29, 2018.
Very often, the rewarding if child support payments in a divorce case in Jackson Count is often viewed as a punitive action. In reality, it is not designed to be so. Ex-spouses bickering over the amount of child support required may fail to realize that those amounts are determined by the court and are designed to not impose any unfair financial burdens on either party involved (nor to reward any of those involved for perceived slights they may have suffered). However, the idea of child support as punishment might persist due to the way that people present it.
A recent case involving a music producer and the mother of his son illustrates this point. The boy’s mother approached the father threatening to reveal information about him unless he agreed to increase his child support payments. The man was hesitant to do so for fear that the extra was not meant to benefit his son, but rather the many other children and grandchildren who were also living with the mother. Eventually, the two met through mediation proceedings and were able to come to a compomise that was endorsed by the court.
People may indeed be able to puch to have a child support obligation modified, yet such an action cannot be undertaken without first showing a significant change in the financial situations of either parents. “Significant change” can be taken to mean any number of thins, such as one losing his or her job, one or both of the parents remarrying, or one seeing an increase in his or her income. Yet again, it is the court that determines if requests to modify an agreement are justified. Anyone looking to make such an argument may first want to secure the services of an experienced attorney.