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What to know about getting a new child support order

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2021 | Divorce |

A family’s circumstances may change after a Michigan court establishes a child support order. In some situations, it may be necessary for people to modify this order.

Parents may need a child support modification when either of them experiences a change in circumstances. According to FindLaw, a modification may be necessary if one parent becomes unemployed. If the unemployed parent receives child support, this parent may need more financial assistance until he or she finds a new job. Conversely, a parent who pays child support may need to temporarily suspend these payments or pay a lower amount after a job loss. Medical emergencies or a change in the custody arrangement may also necessitate a new support order.

Changes to the support order

Parents may request either a temporary or a permanent change in the support order. The reason for the modification typically determines what kind of change people receive. If a parent experiences a medical emergency and cannot pay child support, courts may order a temporary change in the support order. Families may also need a temporary modification as one parent searches for a new job.

As children get older, they may need more financial support. In this situation, parents may receive a permanent change in the support order. A permanent modification may also be necessary if a court awards more parenting time to the noncustodial parent.

Types of documentation

Regardless of the kind of modification parents request, they need to provide several types of documentation. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, this documentation shows why parents need a new child support order. Parents usually have to submit copies of their state and federal tax returns. They may also need to include breakdowns of their income and expenses, as well as copies of their paycheck stubs. Courts use all this information to evaluate the circumstances of both parents and determine what type of modification is necessary.