Escape the burden of unfair support orders with child support modifications in Upland 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 Upland CA.
When Are Modifications Appropriate?
Child support modifications in Upland CA could be appropriate any time any of the variables included in the California Guidelines Support Calculation Formula change. But, in most cases modifications are only requested when a major life change occurs. Here are some examples:
- 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 Upland CA?
There are two ways to get child support modifications in Upland 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.
In either case, you will still face a complicated chain of tasks including many different forms and deadlines. Save yourself the time and hassle of all this legal legwork by trusting your case to Torrence L. Howell, an experienced child custody attorney. You can rely on Attorney Howell to guide you through every step of the process as quickly and efficiently as possible, including:
- 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. This presents a significant risk for the parent paying support, because if your co-parent later decides that they should not have made that verbal agreement for reduced support, they could have the court enforce the old order and hold you accountable for thousands of dollars in back support under that order. 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 Upland CA
If you suspect your situation may justify child support modifications in Upland 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.