The Child Support Modification Process
To modify a child support obligation after the order has been finalized,
you must show that you have experienced a significant change in circumstances
that makes the terms of the existing order unreasonable.
Examples of situations that might necessitate an amendment include:
- Job loss
- New job or promotion
- Disability or illness
You might also be able to successfully modify a child support order if
you can prove that there is a difference of more than 20% between the
current order and the amount that would be ordered by applying the Indiana
Child Support Guidelines.
If you and the other parent of your child agree to modify child support
and submit an agreed entry along with the completed child support obligation
worksheet, it is unlikely that the court will hold a hearing. However,
if you cannot reach an agreement, you will be required to attend a hearing
and present evidence and a child support obligation worksheet to establish
the modified child support obligation.
In certain circumstances, it is possible to deviate from the child support
obligation worksheet to reduce and/or increase the non-custodial parent’s
child support obligation. The court must be provided with detailed and
specific information to justify the change. Parents may not simply bargain
away child support for a lack of the non-custodial parent’s involvement
in the child’s life. Child support is for the child’s benefit.
Contact Hains Law, LLC for Assistance with Child Support Modifications
If you are interested in modifying your child support obligation or you
need help preventing your partner’s request for modification, contact
Hains Law, LLC. Our Carmel child support modification attorney has a decade
of experience and is ready to help you navigate your unique case.
Call us at
(317) 588-2883 to set up an initial consultation.