Modifications to Child Support Orders
Mission Viejo Child Support Lawyer
divorce case, a judge may order
child support payments from one spouse to another for the purpose of compensation. These
payments are designed to help cover costs such as food, clothing, housing,
education and others. The court will take many factors into consideration
such as both parents' income, the non-custodial parent's ability
to make payments, as well as the custodial parent ability to provide for
the child or children on their own. Additionally, the
child custody orders will be considered to determine which parent needs the support
payments. After these support orders have been given, circumstances sometimes
change and you may find that the current payments are too much for you
to make. Likewise, you may not be receiving enough money from your ex-spouse
or partner, making it impossible to properly care for your child.
If you are struggling to make payments or if the current payments are not
enough, then you may be able to obtain a modification to the support order.
In order to obtain a modification from the court you will need to show
a change in circumstances that requires or allows for a modified arrangement.
How can you modify your child support payments?
two types of
modifications that you can pursue: temporary and permanent. For temporary modifications,
this is typically related to a sudden financial hardship, illness, or
medical emergency for either one or both parents. Additionally, if the
child gets injured or experiences a temporary illness, this could also
result in a provisional change in support payments.
- Permanent modifications may occur when a significant, long-standing situation
arises to either one of the parents or the child. This may include items such as:
- Drastic increase in the general cost of living
- Substantial change in income for either parent
- Changes in the cost of caring for the child or children, including daycare,
health insurance, school and other activities
- Sudden medical condition occurs to the child, causing a higher and more
involved level of medical care
- Disability suffered by either parent that now hinders their work performance
or ability to perform day-to-day life
- Huge increase in age since the original support arrangement was created
Speak with a qualified family law attorney at The Hunter Law Group to learn
more about the specifications of child support modification cases. Especially
in cases when your ex-spouse does not agree that a modification is necessary,
you will need to file for a motion to modify. At that point you will then
have to attend a hearing where you can present your request before a judge.
They will require you to prove the claims you are making. You will also
need to provide items such as medical bills, doctor's statements,
unemployment paperwork or proof of extraneous bills that are causing the
need for modification.
Why Choose Our Orange County, CA Firm
Due to the complicated procedure of filing for a modification and the many
issues you will need to prove in this case, it is crucial that you retain
the legal services of a Mission Viejo child support attorney from our
firm. Past clients have been so pleased with the work that Attorney Hunter
has performed for them that there is no other divorce lawyer in the area
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"Simply stated, there is no other attorney I would trust in Orange
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With more than 15 years of experience, we will be able to answer your questions
regarding your case, discuss your options with you, and help you through
the process of filing for a modification. In court settings, you will
need a representative that can fight aggressively on your behalf to produce
the most positive results possible. Our legal staff is
willing and ready to assist you when you
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