Carmel Child Support Modification Attorney
Can a child support order be changed?
When the court makes a child support decision, they are trying to be as objective as possible, focusing primarily on the best interests of the children involved. These, however, do not always last as arrangements that serve the best needs of the child, and therefore, they are subject to modification at a later date, as circumstances change.
For example, if the following exist, an order may be changed:
- Circumstances have changed so significantly that the order to be paid is no longer reasonable
- The ordered amount to be paid is more than 20% different from what would be paid if the guidelines were applied and the original order asked to be modified has been in effect for at least one year
If you feel that your original child support order needs to be changed, our Carmel family law attorneys can help you through the process. Sometimes, two ex-spouses can agree on a change and petition the court to honor it. Regardless of whether you and your ex-spouse are in agreement, it is paramount to have a qualified attorney on your side.
In the event of a disagreement, a party seeking to modify a child support obligation will need to file a petition for modification of support. The party seeking to modify the support order will be expected to show that circumstances have substantially changed or that the amount of support devised by applying the guidelines would differ from the previous amount by at least 20%. Common examples of significant changes include job loss, salary increases, change in living status, and other similar issues.
Can I seek a modification of child support if I am the receiving parent?
Either parent may seek a modification of child support. For the party receiving child support, if the parent paying support earns significantly more money than when the prior support order was entered -or there has been a change in the wages of the custodial parent -modification may be appropriate. Other circumstances may justify a modification and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
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We are passionate about helping clients obtain the best possible results, especially when it comes to child custody and support matters. Our firm can represent clients in Central Indiana, including the areas of: Carmel, Westfield, Zionsville, and Marion County.
Contact the Carmel child support lawyers at HOLLINGSWORTH ROBERTS MEANS today for more information regarding your case.