Are you responsible for paying child support every month? If so, you know just how important it is to make full payments without any delay.
Unfortunately, there may come a time when you are no longer able to pay in full. There are many reasons why this could happen. For example, you may find yourself out of work. Or maybe you're struck with a serious illness, meaning you are no longer able to support yourself.
With all this in mind, there could come a time when you need to file a child support modification request. While this sounds simple enough, there are a few key steps you need to take. Here are some tips for getting started:
-- Don't delay. Once you realize you are unable to make your child support payments in full you need to take action. Waiting will only make your situation worse, as the court does not know that you are unable to make payments.
-- Collect more information. For example, learn more about the laws in your state. Along with this, dig up details with regard to how the modification process works.
-- Keep making payments. Even if you are unable to pay in full, send as much money as you can. This is better than stopping altogether.
-- Speak with the other parent. By explaining yourself, the other parent may agree to a modification for the time being. If so, you can avoid the stress and hassle of going through the court process. Note: You will want to get the new agreement in writing.
-- File your request. If the time comes to file a child support modification, be sure to do so with the right court. This is typically the court that issued the order that is currently in place.
Since there are so many challenges associated with a child support modification, you should never hesitate to consult with a family law attorney. Upon doing so, you'll feel better about your situation and your ability to make a positive change in the near future.
Although you understand how important it is to support your child, there may still come a time when you are unable to make payments in full. If this happens, you should take action.
Source: Nov. 30, -0001