Child Support Modification

The child support order/agreement can be modified to increase or decrease the amount of child support if there is a significant change in the circumstances to warrant a change. This section provides information on child support modification, how to modify child support, circumstances that warrant a change, FAQs, when a judge may depart from child support guidelines, what happens to child support when the child becomes 18 years old and termination of child support. Click on the links to know more:

  • Child Support Modification Tips : Advice for parents who would like to modify an order for child support, such as documenting your change in financial circumstances; keeping up with current payments; and related matters.
  • Child Support Modification FAQ : Answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to child support modifications; including information about whether you can change a child support order that seems unfair or modifying an order outside of court.
  • Changing Child Support After Changing Jobs : Basics of how and when a non-custodial parent may change the amount of child support after changing jobs, particularly when it results in a substantial decline in income.
  • Determining Parents’ Income : Overview of how parents’ income is determine for the purposes of calculating child support payments, whether it is for a new support order or the modification of an existing one.
  • Summaries of Child Support Laws : Brief summaries of child support laws in the different states (plus the District of Columbia), including information about how amounts are determined and the process for modifying an order.
  • Get Legal Help with Child Support : Article covering the ways in which a family law attorney can help you with a child support order or modification of an existing order, including a link to our directory.

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