Contrary to popular belief, not all parents who fail to pay
child support do so out of spite or abandonment. In fact, many Americans experience
this issue, as the United States Census Bureau’s (USCB) 2003 survey
indicated that only 45.3% of custodial parents received the full amount
of their owed child support payments. Financial hardship is a big reason
why many parents are unable to pay child support, as the costs of splitting
of a family after divorce can turn a once financially stable family into
two financially struggling households. When considering legal fees, alimony
payments, and child support arrangements, the monetary consequences of
divorce can be immense.
What is a Modification?
If you are struggling under the weight of expensive child support, you
may be able to pursue a
child support modification. To do this, you will need to contact the Child Support Enforcement Office
in the state where the order was created and request a modification to
your arrangement. In order to have a modification approved, you must be
able to show a considerable change in circumstances since your order was issued.
The following changes in circumstances may be sufficient to warrant a modification:
- Loss of employment
- Substantial changes in income
- Expensive medical bills
- The birth of another child
- Unforeseen additional costs of raising a child
It is vital that you seek to have your child support arrangement officially
modified through the courts, as an oral agreement is often not enough
to be recognized in the eyes of the law. An experienced attorney can represent
you interests in court and improve your chances of approval.
Need a Modification? Contact Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich
If you are in need of a modification to your child support arrangement,
a highly knowledgeable
Riverside family law attorney from Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich can guide you through the process
of pursuing a child custody modification and protect your interests every
step of the way. With
50+ years of successful legal experience, we can provide the results-driven advocacy you need.
To get started,
contact us online or
request a free consultation today!