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Modifying Child Support Orders in California

Child support orders may be changed if necessary. Sometimes, people’s situations change and the order needs to change to reflect that. A parent might not be able to keep up with the monthly installments or the parent receiving the payment may feel that the amount is not adequate. To modify the child support order, a parent must show evidence that of a “change in circumstances” since the last order was made.

The main reasons for either or both parents changing a child support order include:

  • A change in income
  • Loss of job
  • Incarceration
  • The birth of a child in a different relationship
  • A significant change in the amount of time a child spends with each parent
  • A change in the child’s needs (i.e. health care, education, etc.)

At all times, the parents are encouraged to work together and negotiate their own resolution to change the support order. Once written and signed, it may be submitted to the judge to approve and become the new support order. If the parties cannot mutually agree on the resolution, one of the parents will file a motion with the court, asking for a change.

Modifying your child support order may be a stressful experience. Contact an experienced California child support attorney today.

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