After you and your child’s other parent have decided to lead separate lives, it is only right to put a child custody agreement in place. Of the many details these child custody agreements determine, one is child support. Child support guidelines are often very specific and detail how, when and how much a child’s main custodial parent should be paid to support the child. While child support agreements may last for long periods of time, there may come a time when the agreement is no longer meeting the needs of the child and the parents involved.
As you may already know, child support arrangements are based on decisions that are in the best interests of the child. Many of those factors are based on seemingly temporary conditions like schooling costs, extracurricular costs and the needs and desires of the child. Clearly, a child’s needs can change in the years that they grow and mature. This is one of the the most common reasons for a desire to adjust child support amounts for current factors.
Another, less desirable reason, is in cases where a parent is unable to make the payments that they once did due to a change in income. This could be because a parent lost their job or have been rendered unable to work. Requesting an adjustment to child support payments may be temporary, but it could potentially release a parent from more substantial obligations while they are suffering hardship.
At John T. Chamberlin Attorney at Law, we know first-hand how a child support modification can be crucial to keeping the finances balanced or your child properly supported. The child custody determination that once worked may no longer function how it should. That is where the child support modification comes in. Allow a change in the child custody order to function better for you and your family.