JUSTIN H. HAYES, P.C.
THE RIGHT FAMILY LAWYER MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
There are steps you should take whether you are receiving or paying child support to help make modification go more smoothly. Act as soon as possible once circumstances change, especially if you are currently paying support. Judges rarely grant retroactive reductions in child support, so the longer you wait the more likely that you will end up in arrears and face further legal issues. Both parties in a child support modification situation should carefully document all of their circumstances. If you are seeking child support that wasn't part of your original divorce decree, you will have to show the judge the changes in your child's circumstances that necessitate the change. Similarly, if you are the custodial parent and your child's needs change due to illness or other factors, a judge must have proper documentation of these circumstances in order to come to a just conclusion. If you are paying support and are seeking a modification, be prepared to give your lawyer paperwork such as proof that you are currently unemployed but seeking work.