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What reasons are eligible for child support modification?

Coming to an agreement on child support doesn't come easily for many parents. Some will be able to agree on a figure quite easily. Others will require a court order to have the child support issued. No matter how you arrived at your destination there are a handful of reasons why a child support order can be modified.

If the parent paying child support becomes unemployed, gets demoted, or has one's pay cut, the child support order can be modified. For most, this will be a temporary change to the order. The change can be issued permanently if the change in income is permanent. For example, if the parent paying child support is injured on the job and cannot return to work.

Another common reason why a child support order is modified is for a medical emergency, either involving the child or the parent. For example, if the emergency involves the child, the order can be changed to increase support to help with medical bills. If the emergency occurs with the parent, the order can be decreased until the parent has recovered from said emergency.

A child support order can also be permanently changed if the needs of the child changes. For example, if the child now lives with a parent who has remarried, it's possible that the order can be changed. Or, if the child has become permanently disabled, the order can be changed to assist with care.

Do you need to have your child support order modified in Indianapolis? It's best to consult with an experienced family law attorney about your situation and the reasons why you want to request a modification of the child support order.

Source: FindLaw, "Child Support Modification FAQ," accessed Dec. 01, 2017

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