When situations arise that call for a change in child support, it is not an automatic process. At Neal Ashmore, we represent clients in the complex and sometimes contentious process of determining child support. Modifying an agreement presents challenges and requires an attention to detail and focus on the issues leading up to the need for a change.
Child support cannot be changed on whims without any documentation. While verbal agreements result from parents cooperating to find a solution and may save money in legal fees, future problems could arise. Words that are not written down become vague. Memories fade over time as each side has their own version of the agreement. Simply put, all modifications should be written down and approved by the courts that approved the original child support agreement.
These modifications may happen due to a change in circumstances. These changes include income of one spouse going up or down by at least 25 percent. While modifications involve a lesser change, there are no guarantees that a judge will sign off on a change. A child becoming ill or disabled could require an increase. Children get older with needs changing and expenses for clothes, food, and other necessities increasing. Judges look at these situations in making determinations.
The attorneys at Neal Ashmore help their clients take careful steps towards an acceptable and enforceable child support modification.