How to Modify Child Support Payments

Locate a Local Family Lawyer

Find Lawyers in Other Categories
Most Common Family Law Issues:

What Are Some Tips for Modifying Child Support Payments?

Child support payments are generally issued according to a child support order that is issued by the court. When attempting to modify child support, it’s necessary to contact the court and have the order modified, rather than simply changing the payments on your own (even if both parties agree). This is so that the court has records of the payments as well as the reasons for making any adjustments.

Some tips when modifying child support payments include:

When Can Child Support Payments Be Modified?

On the other hand, child support payment modifications can’t be made at any time just because one parent feels like it. It needs to be supported by legitimate need that’s related to the child’s upbringing. Whether requesting for an increase or a decrease in child support, there needs to be a good reason for it. These can include:

Again, all changes need to be approved before they can be implemented. This sometimes requires interaction with third parties, such as an employer.

What Happens If Payments Are Modified without the Court’s Permission?

As mentioned, unauthorized child support modifications can result in consequences. These can include penalties such as court fines and contempt orders. In some cases, major violations can result in other consequences like a loss of custody or visitation rights. Also, unpaid child support can result the court imposing action such as wage garnishment directly from the person’s paycheck.

Consult a Lawyer - Present Your Case Now!
Last Modified: 02-18-2015 02:17 PM PST

Find the Right Lawyer Now

Link to this page

Law Library Disclaimer

LegalMatch Service Mark