Paying child support after a divorce is something that many men and women must do. While this can change your financial situation, it's nice to know that making these payments goes a long way in helping your child live a good life.
Unfortunately, there could come a time when your financial situation changes. If this happens, you may need to think about requesting a child support modification.
This sounds complicated, but it's actually a straightforward process (as long as you know what you are doing).
Here are the steps you can take to get started:
- Inform yourself of the child support laws in your state, including what could lead to an approval of a modification request
- Take immediate action, as the court will not know that you are facing financial difficulties until you provide the necessary information
- Speak with the other parent about your financial trouble, letting him or her know that you are going to request a child support modification
- Keep current with your payments to the best of your ability, even if it means cutting back in other areas of your life for the meantime
- Document the reason why you are unable to pay your child support, such as a job loss or serious illness that is keeping you from earning a living
- File your modification request with the court
If you take these steps, you should have a clear idea of what the child support modification process entails and where you fit in. There may be some challenges that arise along the way, all of which you should be able to deal with at the appropriate time.
The most important thing you can do is understand the process and where you fit in. With this knowledge, you'll know your legal rights and what to expect in the days and weeks to come.
It's your goal to not only request a child support modification, but to have this granted by the court. If this happens, your financial situation will immediately improve.