Child Support Modification Attorney
Family Lawyers in Riverside Protecting Your Financial Security
When a relationship or marriage is torn apart, the entire family experiences
the pain and grief of the
divorce process. Deciding on a child support arrangement is usually a lengthy
and heated process, and parents are sometimes unable to agree on this
crucial aspect of raising children. Sometimes, one parent may make unreasonable
financial demands with regards to child support or refuse to pay the necessary amount.
When a child support agreement is decided, the support payments can be
made directly between the parents, directly to the provider, or by wage
garnishment. Depending on your current situation, you may want to
modify the amount of
child support that you once agreed to pay because of a substantial change in your circumstances.
Changing a Child Support Order
Sometimes, a parent will need to change the amount of child support they
pay because of a significant change related to his or her income, the
other parent's income, or the amount of time that each parent spends
with the child. Child support is initially calculated by the court. The
court will take into account each parent or guardian's financial situation
(income, expenses, etc.) as well as the requirements of the child. For
example, the child may have special medical needs that require additional
The California Courts list some of the most common reasons why a parent might wish to make a
major or minor change to a child support order. As stated previously,
one of the reasons for a modification could be a change in income or loss
of employment. One parent may have been placed in prison since the order
was made, or even one of the parents could have had another child since
the time of the parental split. With the addition of another child, it
may be difficult to provide as much financially for the other.
Sometimes these cases do not even have to reach court. What some parents
will do is attempt to come to an agreement outside of court with the assistance
of an LCSA employee. LCSA stands for a local child support agent who is
employed by the California Department of Child Support Services. If an
agreement can be reached, then this written petition could be sent to
a judge for a signature of approval. The LCSA can take up to 180 days
to complete this review process. In the event that parents cannot agree,
this is when the motion for modification takes place.
Proving a Change in Circumstances
If the judge makes a child support order, you must be able to prove that
there has been a "change in circumstances" since the last child
support order. An attorney from our firm can help you gather the evidence
you need to prepare a solid argument for your case. If you feel your child's
needs have changed or if you have lost your job or suffered financial
hardship, please contact a Riverside
family law attorney at Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich.
Legal Options for Parents in CA
Unless the judge signs a new court order, the existing child support amount
that you are paying will not be changed. A verbal agreement with the other
parent to change the amount of child support is not enough; it must also
be put in writing and signed by a judge. The lawyers at our firm are familiar
with the steps of the support modification process and can provide you
with skilled legal guidance along the way. We will make sure that your
rights are protected and that your child support order agreement is legally sound.
Schedule a free consultation with a Riverside child support lawyer today!