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Why might you want to seek a modification to child support?

On Behalf of | Sep 13, 2022 | Child Custody, Divorce |

After you receive a child support order, you must pay it according to what the court said. If you fail to do so, you can face consequences. Not to mention, you will also owe any money you do not pay, which can lead to issues down the road. This type of debt never goes away.

Michigan.gov explains that you have the right to a review of your order every 36 months. You should take advantage of this in certain situations.

You are struggling with money

If you are having problems paying your bills and taking care of your needs due to the child support payment, then you might want to get a review and seek a modification. The court will look at any changes and see if your support order should go down. You should be able to afford your needs even if you pay child support, so it is likely there was something that changed that the court will account for when reassessing your case.

You have a change in circumstances

If you lose your job or suddenly are earning less, then this is a change that will allow you to request a modification. If something changes in the other household, such as the other parent starts earning more, then you also might be able to get a modification. Changes with your child are also grounds for a modification.

You have the right to have the court review your child support order. If you are having problems or are unhappy with your order, then you might want to seek a modification. Just be cautious because your intention may be to see your child support obligation lowered, but the court could raise it, so make sure you understand the rules about child support calculations before heading back to the court.