When a judge makes a child support order, the order is not necessarily set in stone. Changes may need to be made to an order if one or both parents' income has changed, one parent has lost their job, one parent has been incarcerated, one parent has another child from another relationship, a child's needs have changed, or if a child changes how much time spent with each parent. If parents agree on the new necessary amount of child support, they may create a stipulation, and ask the judge to sign said order. Parents who do not agree on the change in child support, however, need to file a modification with the court. At Herrig & Vogt, LLP, our Roseville divorce lawyer has the ability to help a parent modify their current child support agreement.
When a significant change occurs in a parent's life that may affect child support payments, it is imperative that they file the necessary paperwork with the court as soon as possible. Parents may file for a child support modification if the monthly child support will change by at least $50 or 20%, whichever is less. Child support modifications cannot be changed retroactively. If a parent loses their job months ago, and does not file the modification paperwork with the court at that time, the judge is not allowed to make an order that dates back to when they lost their job.
If you need to file a child support modification, please feel free to contact our firm. We understand that circumstances change, and modifications may need to be made to child support orders. If you wish to learn more about child support modifications, or are curious if your circumstance qualifies for a child support modification, you may fill out a free case evaluation, or call (888) 901-8229.