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I Can't Afford Child Support! What Should I Do?

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
  • Disability
  • 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 County 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!


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