Escape the burden of unfair support orders with child support modifications in Etiwanda CA
Whether you are the parent paying support or the one receiving it, an unfair support order can present a serious problem for you and for your children. Fortunately, either parent can request a change to the support order at any time thanks to child support modifications in Etiwanda CA.
When Are Modifications Appropriate?
Child support modifications in Etiwanda CA could be appropriate any time any of the variables included in the California Guidelines Support Calculation Formula change. However, the most common scenarios in which a modification would be granted include:
- Changes in income for either parent
- Changes in the division of physical custody of the child
- The birth or adoption of a new child needing support
- Changes in the medical or educational needs of the child
Remember, if your original support was below the guideline amount, you may petition for a modification at any time without having to present a justification from your life circumstances.
How Do I Get Child Support Modifications in Etiwanda CA?
Whenever possible, it is best to secure your child support modifications in Etiwanda CA in cooperation with your co-parent, rather than in a courtroom dispute.
Either way you tackle the issue, you will have some tedious legal forms and processes to complete. To ensure everything goes smoothly, it would be wise to trust the entire process to a skilled attorney such as Torrence L. Howell. After many decades of practice, Attorney Howell knows the support modification process inside out and he can provide expert assistance every step of the way:
- Calculating the new, appropriate amount of support
- Filing forms with the court clerk
- Serving papers on your co-parent
- Appearing at the court hearing where the judge will grant or deny your petition
Now you might wonder…
Why do I have to go through the courts at all? Can’t I just make a verbal agreement with my co-parent?
The court cannot enforce a verbal agreement. Your co-parent may be happy to agree to a change now, but if they change their mind later and ask the court to enforce the original written order you may end up owing them months or years’ worth of back child support. To protect yourself against this possibility, you should always make your agreements in writing and have an attorney help you get them approved by a judge.
Act Quickly to Secure Your Child Support Modifications in Etiwanda CA
If you suspect your situation may justify child support modifications in Etiwanda CA, you need to act now in order to effect a change as quickly as possible. To get started call (909) 920-0908 for a free case evaluation from Attorney Howell.