By Mike Stetzer
Generally, if there's a substantial change in circumstances after divorce, either parent may file a petition to modify child support. Child Support guidelines are different from state to state, but divorce courts generally consider a change substantial if the circumstances change the amount of child support payable under state child support guidelines by at least 10%.
When parents agree to an increase or reduction in child support, a stipulated child support agreement must be signed and submitted to the divorce court for approval. The child support modifications may be temporary or permanent. If the court accepts the child support agreement, it becomes a court order.
A divorce court may order a temporary increase in child support in cases involving a child's medical emergency or a custodial parent's temporary financial or medical hardship. Temporary decreases of child support may be ordered if one parent loses his or her job or has an illness, making it impossible for the ordered amount of child support to be paid.
Permanent child support modification generally remains in effect until it is changed by another court order, the child reaches an age that no longer requires support or the child is emancipated.
Typical reasons to permanently modify child support include:
If you or your spouse have had a major change in circumstances, make sure your child is still financially secure. Speak with a local divorce lawyer today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out divorce case review form. Learn about child support and how your state divorce court will interpret the laws.
The above summary of modifying child support is by no means all-inclusive and is not intended to provide legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on child support laws, speak to a divorce attorney in your area.