Modifying Child Support When Circumstances Change
It is no surprise that child support modifications are usually contested matters. That is why it is so important to have an aggressive legal advocate fighting for you.
At Daniels & Rothman, we know there are always two sides to any story. As your counsel, our job is to secure the right evidence and find the right legal arguments to prove your side. Whether you are petitioning for an increase in child support, petitioning for a decrease in child support or fighting against a modification, our attorneys can help.
I Thought Child Support Was Calculated By A Fixed Formula. How Can It Be Modified?
When your family’s financial circumstances change, you or your ex-spouse has the right to petition the court for a child support modification. A change in circumstance can include a job loss, a significant increase in salary, an increase in your child’s medical costs or an increase in day care costs. In most cases, the court will only consider modifying child support every two years, but a judge may order an earlier evaluation and modification if the circumstances warrant it.
The Georgia Child Support Commission worksheet provides an idea of the amount of child support you may be entitled to receive or the amount of child support you will have to pay. However, the court always has the discretion to deviate from this formula depending on the specific circumstances in your family matter.