As you go through a divorce, you'll want to do everything you can to shelter your children.
Depending on their age, there is nothing wrong with sitting them down and explaining what is happening. However, there is nothing more important than ensuring their health and happiness during this challenging time.
In many cases, a divorce results in one parent paying the other child support. If you are required to pay this money, it's important that you know how much, how to do so, and when the funds are due. This knowledge will put you on the right path.
However, there may come a time when you realize that you are unable to make your full child support payment. Although you have options, you can't take this into your own hands. Instead, if you are unable to afford your payments, you need to request a child support modification.
Tips for getting started
There is more to requesting a child support modification than meets the eye. Here are some tips that will put you on the right track:
-- Don't wait. The moment you realize that you are unable to make your next child support payment is the moment you should take action.
-- Learn more about child support laws in your state, including what circumstances make you eligible for a modification.
-- Document your circumstances. For example, if you are unable to pay because of a serious illness, keep copies of all your medical records.
-- Consult with the other parent. If you have a good relationship with the other parent, explain your situation and ask if it's okay to come to terms on a modified payment.
-- File your request. Don't wait to file your child support modification request with the appropriate court. Generally speaking, you'll want to file the request with the court that issued the current order.
If all of these details sound overwhelming, don't hesitate to consult with a family law attorney. By taking this step, you'll better understand what you should and should not be doing. You'll also have somebody by your side who knows the ins and outs of the law. This will go a long way in improving your ability to receive a modification, thus putting you in a better financial position moving forward.
Source: Nov. 30, -0001