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Child support modification: It's possible

Paying child support is not always preferable, but at least you know that the money is going towards providing your child with the best possible life.

If you find that you are unable to make your payments in full, you don't have any time to waste. You need to learn more about requesting a child support modification.

While there is no guarantee that the court will approve your child support modification request, you need to go through the process to give yourself the best chance of success.

Here are some tips to follow:

  • Don't wait another day. If your circumstances change and you are unable to make your child support payments in full, you should take immediate action. Nobody can help you until you put the wheels in motion.
  • Learn more. Do you know why child support modifications are often approved? Do you know what information you need to provide the court?
  • Speak with the other parent. If you think the other parent may agree to a modification, don't hesitate to speak with him or her about your circumstances. This is a great way to modify your payment without having to go through the entire legal process.
  • Keep paying in the meantime. As you work towards a child support modification, keep making payments to the best of your ability.
  • Provide documentation related to your change in circumstances. The court will want to know why you are unable to make payments in full. You need to back up your claim with documentation. For example, if you lost your job, you can provide proof of termination.
  • File your request. Your goal is to receive a modification as soon as possible. This is why you should file your request once you have all your details in order.

You should never assume that a child support modification is out of the question. If you are unable to make your payments in full, you can follow these tips to put yourself in a better place in the future.

There are many details that can come up along the way, but none that are too big for you to handle.