Child support modification tips

Have you been ordered by the court to pay child support? If so, you understand the importance of paying in full and on time every month. However, you need to consider something else: There could come a time when you are not in a position to continue with this payment.

For example, if you lose your job or become ill, you may not be able to make your child support payment as you have in the past. This is when a modification request comes into play.

Here are several child support modification tips to follow:

-- Act quickly. As soon as your situation has changed, contact the court to secure a modification.

-- Know the law. Child support laws differ from state to state. You need to know what is considered a substantial change. This way, you know if asking for a modification makes sense.

-- Discuss this with the other parent. You may find that a simple discussion with the other parent is enough for a modification to take place. Mediation is always an idea to consider, especially if you don't want to go to court.

-- Keep up the best you can. While things are being worked out, pay as much as possible. This is better than paying nothing at all.

If a child support modification is on your mind, you likely have a good reason for this. Don't delay in seeking a modification for the time being. This may only be temporary, but it is something that will work in your favor. After all, you still understand the importance of providing your child with the money necessary to live a good life.

Source: FindLaw, "Child Support Modification Tips," accessed Oct. 01, 2015

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