Child support is a court-ordered financial payment from one parent to the other to help cover the costs of raising a child. The purpose of child support is to ensure that both parents contribute to the financial needs of their child after a divorce or separation.
Child support payments are typically based on state guidelines that take into account the income of both parents, the number of children involved, and other factors such as child care expenses and health insurance costs. Once a child support order has been established, either parent can request a modification if there has been a significant change in circumstances, such as a job loss or a change in income.
To modify child support, the parent seeking the change must file a petition with the court and provide evidence of the changed circumstances. The court will then review the case and determine whether a modification is appropriate. A modification can result in an increase or decrease in child support payments, depending on the circumstances.
It’s important to note that child support is a legal obligation, and failure to pay can result in serious consequences, including wage garnishment, suspension of driver’s license, and even jail time. If you are experiencing difficulty paying child support or have questions about modifying a child support order, it’s important to consult with a family law attorney.