Nothing is forever, as they always say. You might think that, that might not be true, but in many cases, it is, in fact, true. For instance, in the case of a child support agreement, many parents choose to make amendments at some point in time – and that is okay; sometimes things need to change in order for them to be better. After all, usually one parent is unhappy with the agreement from the get-go. So, why keep something if it doesn’t work and isn’t the best compromise?
What Calls for Child Support Modification?
So, you’re wondering why one might want to modify a child support agreement? There are many situations that might necessitate you or your ex to have the current child support agreement adjusted. So many changes happen from the time your little one is born to the present, after all.
Some examples of what might call for child support modification include:
- One or both of the parents’ incomes changing (whether increasing or decreasing)
- A recently growing family
- You’ve received a jail or prison sentence.
- Recent custody or visitation changes
- The diagnosis of a disability (the child or even you, the parent)
- A parent was recently laid off or fired from their job.
- Changing education needs of the child (e.g., changing to a tuition-based private school, etc.)
These are just a handful of the reasons why a parent might prefer to have their child support agreement modified. Surely, there are other reasons why they might head this route. But in the end, the reason they want child support to be adjusted should be because their best interests are in the child or children involved. For instance, typically, the parent who is the primary caregiver should be the one receiving the child support and may even require higher child support payments to be able to continue to best provide for the child(ren) they share with their ex.
Modify Your Child Support Agreement in Southern California
Are you unhappy with the current child support agreement you have with your ex and your shared kids? Not to worry – that can always be changed.
Your first step is to get in touch with a Family Law attorney. They can help guide you through modification and can help you with actually making those modifications.
Do you live in or near Claremont, CA? Attorney Torrence L. Howell is a great lawyer for you to make child support changes. Get a free consultation with him by dialing (909) 920-0908.