Child Support Modifications: What You Need to Know
If you are seeking a modification to your child support orders, it is imperative that you hire an experienced lawyer who can ensure the order will be enforced.
Our attorneys at Koiles Pratt Family Law Group know the ins and outs of the family law courts and what to present to judges to modify an order. As our client, we will work for you tirelessly to secure child support changes that best suit your current circumstances.
Child Support Orders Can Be Modified in the Following Conditions:
Changes to child support orders may be made under the following conditions:
- The current payment amounts do not follow the Child Support Guidelines.
- A parent can no longer afford to provide health insurance.
- A parent is now able to afford health insurance.
- One or both parents have experienced a significant shift in income or living arrangements.
A variety of factors will be considered before a decision is made. Such factors may include:
- The child’s age
- Where the child lives
- The parents’ income
- The expenses of caring for the child
You May Need To Go To Court To Modify An Order
If the original order contains a cost of living adjustment (COLA) clause, you may be able to bypass the court system. Child support payments may vary annually based on the cost of living, making it unnecessary to go before a judge.
However, if a COLA clause is not present or you still believe that a change needs to be made, the argument for a modification will need to be made in court. As family law attorneys, we can review the original order and inform you of your options under Massachusetts law.