Modify Child Support Order

Modify Child Support Order

Modification – Circumstances change in life that enable you to request a modification of your support. The first question I’m always asked is can I modify? The simple answer is yes. It doesn’t matter which parent is making the request as long as something has changed to justify it. Below are a few situations where modification may be approved.

1. Change in Non-Conservator’s Pay: This can be either an increase or a decrease in pay, so in most cases if the non-conservator’s pay has increased the conservator will ask the Court to increase the required payment amount based on state law. On the other hand, if the non-conservator’s pay has decreased, he/she can ask the Court to lower their monthly payments. Since the amount required to pay is outlined by state law, a modification like this is almost always approved.

2. Change in Living Situation: If the parents agree to modify custody making the paying non-custodial parent the custodial parent, then the order will be modified recognizing the new non-custodial parent’s responsibility to begin paying.

3. Change in Health Of Child: I’m sorry to say that three or four times each year I’m asked to help a family restructure their due to illness. These are emotional situations that are usually collaborative but sometimes we must aggressively pursue the non-conservator in an effort to force an increase.

For more than 10 years I’ve been helping families establish and modify their agreements through litigation and mediation.  Fact is that it deals with two of the most emotional things in the world, our children and our money.  Can you really leave this up to a less experienced legal professional or would you prefer a McKinney family attorney like myself.

Modify Child Support Order