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Child support payments not necessarily set in stone

Life changes. If you are divorced, you are no doubt well aware of that fact and have likely already navigated some very significant changes in your own life. As a California parent, one of your highest priorities during divorce proceedings may have been keeping the central focus on your children’s best interests. You knew you’d probably be paying child support and were quite willing to do so because you love your kids and want what’s best for them.

As time went  on, everything was going fine regarding your new parenting plan and your child support payments; that is, until your boss told you that all bonuses and incentive payments were being eliminated to reduce overhead costs. Things were already fairly tight financially since your divorce, but with your bonuses, you were able to make ends meet and keep up with your payments for the benefit of your children just fine. You know you won’t be able to do so if you lose that extra pay.

It’s crucial to remember that even when the court issues a ruling regarding child custody, alimony or child support, it isn’t necessarily permanent. You may request modification of an existing court order if you have valid reason to do so. A change in income that renders your current payments no longer feasible may be such a reason.

At the Law Office of Edward S. Matisoff, we assist parents throughout California who are facing child support problems. Asking an experienced family law attorney to submit your formal request to a court for modification on your behalf may not only help expedite the process but will likely also increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome. If litigation is necessary (as is often the case if the other parent opposes the request), relying on experienced guidance is typically the best way to go.