Four Reasons To Seek An Increase In Child Support Payments

Hi, my name is Mandy Vaughn and if you're considering the adoption of a child, you should first read my blog about adoption attorneys. When my husband and I was going to adopt a child, my friend recommended that we hire an adoption attorney to make sure the process went smoothly. Our attorney prepared the paperwork for the adoption, which really eased my mind. Our attorney was there with us through the entire adoption process and helped us in many ways. If you are going to adopt a child, you'll learn valuable information in my blog. Since I've been through the adoption process with an attorney on my side, I wanted to share my experience with others who are also adopting.

Four Reasons To Seek An Increase In Child Support Payments

24 February 2015
 Categories: Law, Blog


If you have sole custody of your children, you know better than anyone what their needs are and if any circumstantial changes have occurred. If there has been a change in your lives that require an update or review of child support, meet with your family law attorney to review your case and children's needs. Here are four indicators that might lead to child support increases.

1. Unexpected Medical Needs of a Child

If your child is suffering a chronic illness or disability that has recently been diagnosed, this can change the financial needs of your family. If your child will require additional care, medication and therapy that isn't covered by insurance, have your lawyer help you seek additional payments from the non-custodial parent.

2. Changing Financial Needs of Children

As children get older and have their own interests, things like after school sports and extracurricular activities can make everyday expenses go up. Other factors as kids are growing are the possible needs for braces and glasses that will add additional expenses to the budget. If there are unexpected costs with your child as they get older, an adjustment for support might be needed.

3. Loss of Income on the Part of the Custodial Parent

Income can dictate how much a child support level is set at. If you have recently lost your job or have a decrease in income, this can be grounds for the other parent to contribute more. This is taken into consideration primarily for unexpected job loss such as layoffs or furloughs that are beyond a parent's control. If a parent voluntarily takes a pay-cut or quits a job, this will hold less weight.

4. Financial Gain on the Part of the Non-Custodial Parent

If the non-custodial parent receives a promotion or has a substantial increase in income, their child support contribution should be adjusted as well. Similarly, if the non-custodial parent has come into money through an inheritance, this needs to be accounted for and child support payments might be increased.

Getting your child support plan right in the beginning that is fair and workable for everyone is ideal. Sometimes there are changes in life that we cannot foresee, and the best plans need to be augmented. Modifying your child support plan needs to be done in an official manner, no matter how amicable you are with the other parent. Work with a lawyer, like those at Bergermann Law Firm, to draw up a new plan and have this officially documented.

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Hi, my name is Mandy Vaughn and if you're considering the adoption of a child, you should first read my blog about adoption attorneys. When my husband and I was going to adopt a child, my friend recommended that we hire an adoption attorney to make sure the process went smoothly. Our attorney prepared the paperwork for the adoption, which really eased my mind. Our attorney was there with us through the entire adoption process and helped us in many ways. If you are going to adopt a child, you'll learn valuable information in my blog. Since I've been through the adoption process with an attorney on my side, I wanted to share my experience with others who are also adopting.

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