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Child Support Modification Questions

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When is Child Support Modification Considered?:

Generally, the courts will only consider child support modification when there is a substantial change in either the obligor's income or the child's need.

When Should a Custodial Parent Request Child Support Modification?:

A custodial parent should request a child support modification if he/she believes that the other parent's income has changed significantly since the order was originated or there has been a significant increase in your child's financial needs (due to a medical condition or other unforeseen circumstances).

When Should a Non-Custodial Parent Request Child Support Modification?:

A non-custodial parent paying child support should request a child support modification if he/she has experienced a significant decrease in income since the original child support order was established.

How Can I Request a Child Support Modification?:

Either parent can request a child support modification through the Child Support Enforcement Office in the state where the child support order was issued. Upon contacting the agency, you'll need to file a formal motion requesting a modification due to a change in circumstances.

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