Child support payments are a fact of life for millions of people around the world. At the time of the divorce, an amount was determined by the courts and will be paid by the noncustodial parent to the parent that has primary custody.
But a few years later, there may be a change that affects the child. If that change affects the child, the parents may seek a modification.
What Kinds Of Changes Are We Talking About?
Below we will list some of the most common issues. This is by no means a complete list. If you think your situation merits an examination, contact your lawyer. Common issues consist of the following:
• One of the parents lost their job
• One of the parents got a pay increase
• One of the parents got remarried
• The relocation of a parent (either parent) which results in costly expenses to the child
• The child becomes ill and will need 24-hour care.
What Do You Need To Present To Your Attorney For Trial?
You must work with your lawyer to ensure he or she has everything needed to prove your case. Bring in medical bills, bank statements, receipts for equipment, prescriptions, and therapy for the child. Prove the amount of money you must spend on house payments, car payments, school tuitions, and anything else the child is required to have.
Make no mistake, the judge is there to ensure the child has what they need, and they do their best to be fair.
When it comes to money, your former spouse might be fully willing to fight your efforts. If you have recently remarried, they may bring that up. If you are wasteful with your money, they will bring that up too. If you tell the judge that your child’s summer camp program is $100 per week. The judge will take that in mind. However, if you are spending $30-$50 bi-monthly having your nails done, or you spend more than $100 bi-monthly having your hair done, that may go against you. If you spend hundreds of dollars on designer handbags, shoes, and cosmetics, he or she might consider that as extravagant. Be prepared with proof of items you need to prove your child’s expenses that are paid by your child support payment.
How A Family Lawyer Can Help
Be open and honest with your attorney Do not hold anything back and work with them to make sure you are covered on all ends. Family law attorneys are on your side and will fight for your rights.
Your attorney may feel these issues can be addressed with the help of a mediator. They may suggest that you all get together and try to hash this out without the help of the courts.
Remember that at the end of the day, this is about your child. You are making sure your child can have all the things in life that he or she needs. Keep the focus on your child and let your family lawyer do the rest.