As a result of your divorce, the court may require you to make child support payments until your children reach the age of 18. Despite the impact on your finances, you realize that it’s necessary so that you can provide your children with everything they need to thrive.
However, as time passes, you may come to realize that you’re unable to make your child support payments. If this happens, don’t delay in learning more about how to request a modification. Letting your problem linger will only make things worse.
Here’s what you can do to take action:
- Learn more about your legal rights and the process: Until you receive a modification from the court, you’re expected to make your child support payments on time and in full every month. And that’s why you want to quickly learn more about the process and your legal rights. Waiting around will only place more pressure on your finances.
- Talk to your ex about your concerns: This isn’t something you want to hide from your ex. Even if you had a bad split, you can still talk to them about your financial problems and your plan to request a child support modification. If your ex is okay with a modification, there’s a better chance that the court will agree.
- Don’t stop paying: Any money you don’t pay now, you’ll have to pay in the future. Know what you owe and do your best to stay current. Even if you can’t pay in full, make your best effort.
- Document your financial changes: You’ll only qualify for a child support modification if you can prove a change in financial circumstances. Examples include unemployment or an illness that prohibits you from earning a living.
After you have a clear idea of the process associated with requesting a child support modification and how to protect your legal rights, it’s time to get started. File the required paperwork with the family law court that issued your original order.
Even if your child support reverts back to the original payment in the future, securing a modification for the time being can help you financially.