Many parents are under the impression that a child support order is final. While this is true to a certain extent, it is important to note that this could change in the future. There are many reasons for the modification of a child support order, and you need to be aware of each and every one. This will help you avoid a potential surprise down the road.
The most common reason for a modification is a change in income. If this happens, the person responsible for paying child support may no longer be able to meet his or her full obligation. For this reason, they must request a modification from the court.
There are many other reasons for modifying a child support order, including but not limited to:
-- Increased cost of living
-- Changes in the child's personal needs
-- Either parent has been sent to jail
-- Any reason for a change in income, such as unemployment
-- Changes in child support laws
-- A parent who becomes disabled, either mentally or physically
-- Increase in family income if one parent remarries
Once a child support order is put into place, both parents will understand what is expected of them. Even so, a modification could be called for in the future. If this happens, both parties will be required to get together once again to make sure they are on the same page.
Not every child support order is modified, but this does happen on a regular basis. It is good to know the common reasons for this.
Source: FindLaw, "Can I Change a Child Support Order After Changing Jobs?," accessed June 10, 2015