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Be sure to follow these child support modification tips

Paying child support is something you take great pride in, as this means that you are doing your part in giving your child the life he or she deserves.

When you're able to pay your child support in full and on time, there's nothing to worry about. However, if you come to find that this is no longer possible, you need to look into your options. This typically means learning more about a child support modification.

If you are interested in a modification, here are some tips that you can follow:

  • Don't delay in taking action. The longer you put this off the farther behind you will fall. Once you realize you are unable to make your payments, take the first step in requesting a modification.
  • Reach out to the other parent. Before you request a child support modification through the court, ask the other parent if he or she will agree to this for the meantime.
  • Document why you need a modification. You can't request a child support modification because you no longer feel like making payments. You can only do so if you have a good reason, such as a serious illness or job loss. You should document your change in circumstances.
  • File your request. You need to follow the process of filing your modification request in the same court that issued the order in the first place. Even if the other parent agrees to the change, you still need a new child support order.

These are just a few of the many tips that can keep you on track if you need to request a child support modification. There is no guarantee that the court will grant this, but taking the right steps will improve your odds. If everything works out, you'll find it much easier to make your child support payments in the future.

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