Child Support Modification
Many times, we get phone calls from individuals who have fallen on bad times financially. They want to know if they are entitled to receive child support or obligated to pay child support. At the Law Office of William S. Orth, contact me and we can help answer that question. If child support is already a part of your life, we can also help you to determine if the court would modify your child support, whether you are receiving child support or paying child support. Many people call and begin the conversation by saying “My child’s Mother/Father is making more money – what can I do? I am obligated to pay child support but my income has decreased and I can’t afford what I was order to pay – what can I do? What you can do is file a Supplemental Petition to Modify Final Judgment. This pleading seeks to modify the terms that were reached in either a divorce action or paternity action. These terms can include time sharing, child support and alimony.
You must have had a substantial change in circumstances to file this pleading. This means more than a minor increase or decrease in income or an isolated incident that exposed the child to harm. At the Law Offices of William S. Orth, P.A. contact me and we can help you to determine if you should file for a modification.
Modification doesn’t just apply to child support. Sometimes, visitation or custody (now called time sharing) needs to be reworked. If things have changed since you last received a court order or final judgment, the court order or final judgment can be modified to take into account the things that have changed in a substantial way.