Child Support Modification
Modesto Child Support Attorney
California Divorce Modifications Lawyer
No one can see into the future — not even a family court judge. When the financial circumstances of a parent change, or the needs of a child change, a modification of a child support order may be needed. It’s not unusual to modify child support more than once before a child reaches the age of 18 or 19 (the age of graduation from high school).
If you are seeking a change in child support, contact the Thomas Hogan Law Office in Modesto, California, to schedule a free fifteen-minute initial consultation, or call (209) 214-6600.
Filing for Modifications of Support Orders
Modesto divorce lawyer Thomas Hogan helps clients obtain initial child support orders, modification of child support orders and enforcement of orders. He also represents parents who are in arrears on their child support payments.
In order for the court to approve a change to an existing child support order, the parent seeking the change must prove that there has been a significant change in circumstances.
- A parent seeking increased support may try to prove that a child has greater needs than he or she had previously (a disability, medical problem, or special educational needs) or that the parent paying support has had a significant increase in income and therefore should be paying more under the state child support guidelines
- A parent seeking to have support decreased may prove a loss of income, such as a job loss, fewer work hours, loss of business, an illness or disability; or he or she may now be supporting more children from a new family.
If you have questions about whether your support can be increased or decreased, Mr. Hogan can review your current order and your current financial statement and advise you if action can be taken. He will work with you to prepare your case for family court.
Seeking College Costs
It is possible to ask for college costs to be figured into a child support order. If it was not in your original order, you may consider asking for such support before your child graduates from high school.
Free Fifteen-Minute Consultation • Convenient Location
For a free fifteen-minute consultation, contact the Thomas Hogan Law Office, or call (209) 214-6600. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. The firm’s offices are conveniently located in downtown Modesto, California, just off Highway 99.