In California, if you are the parent who pays child support, your child support obligation post-divorce typically last from the time the divorce is finalized until your child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever event comes first. Life changes after divorce however, and your child support payments may also need to change due to unforeseen circumstances. This is why you may need to explore a modification of child support.
If you are the parent who is receiving child support from your ex-spouse, you will also likely experience changes in life circumstances between the time your divorce is final and the time your child turns 18 or graduates from high school. Life after divorce is sometimes unpredictable, and you may need to ask for modified child support payments.
It is also possible that your ex-spouse may need to temporarily modify his or her payments during that time. If this is the case and you both cannot come to a reasonable agreement on this issue, it can be very useful to speak with one of our attorneys here at The Law Offices of Saylin & Swisher in order to get an idea of your rights and options.
Common Reasons For Modification of Child Support Payments
Child support payments are sometimes a source of ongoing tension between divorced parents. However, family courts are reluctant to alter divorce orders for child support unless there has been a substantial change in one or both parents’ financial circumstances. Changes in financial circumstances can include:
- A raise, promotion, or new job
- A job loss or loss of pay
- A medical emergency or disability that prevents a parent from working
- A medical emergency or disability affecting the child’s needs
- A change in the amount of parenting time that each parent has with the child
Our family law attorneys can offer you straightforward advice about your chances of receiving or contesting a child support modification.
Here at The Law Offices of Saylin & Swisher, we help Orange County parents seek modifications of child support payments when changes in life circumstances require it. We also help parents contest modifications of child support payments when the law does not provide for such.
Our divorce and family law attorneys have more than 45 years of combined family law experience, which we use to help our clients understand modification of child support issues and options and how to best move through the modification process in a way that serves both children and parents.
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We provide personalized representation that will take your unique needs into account. We will also make sure that you understand your options and how to best protect your interests.