Every parent should have a reliable child support agreement to avoid further conflict between the involved parties. A definite agreement must clarify the process to follow under any circumstances that are likely to arise in the future. Life is unpredictable, and we do not know what the future might bring or put us through. The agreement might need to change due to some unavoidable circumstances. Not all the changes will be justified enough to seek changes on the previous agreement.
Nevertheless, co-parenting is sometimes challenging. And any parties may need to bring specific change to the agreement for their benefit.
What Justifies the Child Support Modification Process
Our life is continuously changing, and so are our circumstances. When the change is significant enough in any party’s life or their child that it affects others’ life to an extreme degree, they can file a “motion to change your order”. The following events might justify such procedures
- When one of the parents relocate their residences so far that they are significantly away from each other.
- If any of the parties or their child goes through a longer medical condition.
- If there is any allegation of abandonment, abusing the child, or violation of custody rules.
- If any of the parents face criminal charges or become incarcerated.
- If the relation of a child deteriorates with any of his/her parents or a previously bad relation improves significantly.
- If any of the parents goes through any economic crisis or lost their job.
- If the Childs health changes.
- If the number of children listed on the document changes.
- When a child moves from one place to another for educational purposes.
- Any of the Childs parents lost their job.
Things to be Careful About
It is wise to follow proper legal proceedings while modifying a pre-existing support agreement. There are some things to be careful about and not to be taken lightly.
- If you are about to or need to change the court order about your Childs life, do not try to change the original order informally. Any changes brought to the original agreement without the court’s ruling will not be accepted in future court appearances. It will create confusion, and the authority will not be able to enforce the new terms of the agreement.
- It is common to overlook the modification in support agreement any many of the parents are not aware of it or often overlook it. Many parents are struggling with an obsolete court order, which does not work in their changed circumstances. Instead of quietly suffering in a non-functioning agreement, one should seek courts further support.
- Most of the time, slight changes can be made through mutual understanding. If modifications bring no discord among involved parties, then they do not need to seek court support. Most of the changes can be dealt with the civilized and peaceful discussion if the parties are not hostile to each other.
- Do not forget that your child’s future is what matters the most. So, whatever is necessary to do, you should do it but never forget how it will impact your child’s upbringing. If you need to accept something uncomfortable, then do that. But if you need to seek legal support, then go for it and protect your child.
Finally, every agreement needs to be contentious for all the parties involved. If the circumstances change significantly, it is wise to bring change into the previous agreement. There are many professionals and firms available to properly understand when you have the right ground to adjust your agreement and how to do that. Instead of carrying a burden of non-functioning agreement, take st