Escape the burden of unfair support orders with child support modifications in La Verne CA
An unfair child support order can be a significant burden, both for a custodial parent receiving insufficient support or for a non-custodial parent laboring under a very high support requirement. Fortunately, either parent can request a change to the support order at any time thanks to child support modifications in La Verne CA.
When Are Modifications Appropriate?
Child support modifications in La Verne CA could be appropriate any time any of the variables included in the California Guidelines Support Calculation Formula change. However, modifications are most often sought when:
- The parent paying support loses their job or suffers a significant pay cut
- The parent receiving support starts earning more
- One parent becomes incarcerated
- The physical custody split changes
- The child’s healthcare or education needs change
Additionally, if you believe your original child support order was incorrect, or if the support was below the guideline amount, you may petition for a modification at any time even if none of the above changes apply.
How Do I Get Child Support Modifications in La Verne CA?
There are two ways to get child support modifications in La Verne CA: agree to a new amount in writing with your co-parent and submit it to a judge for approval, or argue your case in court and let the judge set the new support amount.
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?
Verbal agreements are not binding or enforceable by the court. 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 La Verne CA
If you suspect your situation may justify child support modifications in La Verne CA, you need to act now in order to effect a change as quickly as possible. You can get the process started right now simply by calling (909) 920-0908 and requesting a free case evaluation from Torrence L. Howell.