Need to Modify Your Child Support Payments?
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child support arrangement you agreed to no longer meet you and your child’s needs?
If so, then you may be eligible for a child support modification. After
divorce, many of the decided matters are subject to change. In fact, it
is not unusual for either spouse to seek either a downward or an upward
modification to their
child support payments.
The burden of proof for a modification will be on the petitioning spouse,
however. The petitioning spouse must prove that their circumstances have
changed to the extent that a modification to the child support payments
is necessary. If you have any questions and need guidance through the
process, speak with our Raleigh divorce attorney at once!
Have Your Life Circumstances Changed?
Often times, a paying spouse will petition for a downward modification
when he or she has a change of circumstances with their job or income
source. Some of the circumstances that would most likely result in a downward
modification to their child support payments include:
- Loss of a job
- Cut in hours
- Cut in pay
- Change of jobs
- Changing to a lower-paying job
It's important to keep in mind that child support payments are not retroactive.
So, even if you started earning less money six months ago, the courts
won't adjust how much money you owe your ex-spouse. The only way you can
begin paying less is by petitioning the courts for a modification and
scheduling a court date.
What You Need to Know Before You Go to Court
Once your court date has taken place and the judge has agreed that you
can begin paying less, only then are your child support payments lowered,
and from that point forward, you can begin paying less. This is where
a lot of people make mistakes. Make sure that you do not take any action
until it has been approved by the court.
If you have experienced a change of circumstances, we urge you to contact
our Raleigh child support lawyer from Hopper Law Office as soon as possible.
On the other hand, if you are a receiving spouse and you wish to seek
an upward modification, we can also help you prepare all the necessary
documentation in order to present your case in front of the judge.
Contact a Raleigh family law attorney
from the firm today to learn more about