As long as your financial situation remains the same, you may not run into any challenges when it comes to paying child support.
However, if your finances change for any reason, such as a job loss, you may realize that making full child support payments can be a challenge. Along with this, you may find it difficult to pay on time.
This leads to a situation in which you need to request a child support modification. This may not be permanent, but it could be just what you need in order to get back on your feet without any unnecessary stress.
Here are a few tips to follow:
-- Don't delay in requesting a child support modification. Since you are expected to make full payments on time, you should not delay in requesting a modification from the appropriate court.
-- Learn more about your legal rights, as well as the laws in your state.
-- Speak with the other parent. Depending on your relationship with the other parent and your circumstances, you may be able to work out an agreement with this person without going to court.
-- Stay up to date. It may be difficult right now, but you should attempt to make full child support payments until you hear back on your modification request. Even if you can only make some of your payment, this is better than nothing at all.
-- Keep proof of your change in circumstances. No matter why you are unable to make your child support payments, you need to be able to prove this to the court. So, if you lost your job, for example, you should gather information that backs this up.
As soon as possible, you should also consult with a family law attorney. This person can review your child support order, as well as your current circumstances. From there, you can get a better idea of if you are in position to request a modification.
There is nothing simple about a child support modification, but this doesn't have to be overly challenging either. As long as you know your rights, the steps you need to take, and how the court will see your situation, you can make decisions that work in your favor.