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When Can You Modify a Child Support Agreement?

Whether you are paying or receiving child support, you may reach a point in the arrangement where you feel like it needs to be modified to reflect your current life situation. But when are the best times to attempt to modify your arrangement, and how do you go about doing so? 

Situations that may call for a permanent modification of child support payments include: 

  • Either parent losing a job or obtaining a new job that has a drastically different income level
  • Either parent getting remarried, with the new spouse’s income increasing the total household income
  • An increased cost of living
  • Either parent becoming disabled
  • Significant changes in a child’s needs
  • Changes in child support laws 

There are also situations in which you could seek a temporary modification of your child support arrangement, including when a child has a medical emergency, the payer has a temporary inability to meet their support obligations or when the recipient parent is having some temporary medical or financial hardship. 

Your first step should always be to reach out to the other parent and see if you can come to an agreement on how you will modify the terms of the child support arrangement. If you are unable to come to a mutual agreement, you will need to obtain a hearing in court where you will argue your case about how and why the support arrangement should be modified. You will need to make a very convincing case for courts to consider ruling in your favor. 

For assistance with modifying your child support arrangement, contact the experienced family law attorneys with Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith and Tartaglia, LLP.

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