Charleston Child Support Modification Lawyer
Our Attorney Can Help You Create a Solid Modified Support Plan
Even when child support has been agreed upon and court ordered, events in life can create a need for the original amount of support being paid to be changed.
The court allows for a change in child support amounts for certain reasons, including loss of job, serious injury, or change in household income. If you need to change the amount of child support you pay or receive, our Charleston child support modification Lawyer can represent you through the entire legal process.
How to Modify the Amount of Support You Pay
Family law is complicated and financial matters during and even after a divorce can be overwhelming. The process is not one that most people can handle without help. Having the necessary documents and filing correctly is not easy but is essential. Luckily, our child support modification Lawyer can help guide you through the process and make it as painless as possible.
Follow these tips to make your modification process as effortless as possible:
- Don’t wait, act now: If you are unable to pay your support, you will still owe the unpaid amount. You are obligated to continue paying until a new order is issued. The sooner you modify the amount you have to pay, the better.
- Reach out to the other parent: In some instances, the other parent will agree to modify child support payments. However, you must remember that the order must be modified by the court even when the two of you have reached an agreement. Don’t delay in getting the agreement in writing and having a lawyer seek its approval with the court.
- Keep paying to the best of your ability: Even if you can’t make full payments, every little bit you can afford to give will help. Modified support will not take effect until the court issues a new order; your support amount will stay the same until then but being able to show you are still trying to make your payments can help prevent a finding that you are in contempt of court.
- Document your reasons: Whatever your reason for needing modified support—whether it’s a job change, unemployment, or serious injury—document it. You will have to prove that the reason occurred after the original child support had been established. Evidence which includes dates and documentation of income is the most helpful.
The most important thing to do is to educate yourself. Learn as much as you can about the process. A consultation with our Charleston child support modification attorney at Shaw Law Firm, LLC will help. Knowing what to expect can often mean the difference between success and failure.
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