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When should I request child support modifications?

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2020 | Family Law |

Courts often decide the final child support amount for divorcing Illinois parents. They make the decision based on factors in both parent’s lives at the time of the divorce. But courts also understand that these factors change. Your life will not stay the same forever. A time may come in which one parent needs support payments changed. 

What are valid reasons for modification requests? 

But you cannot request a change to support payments for any old reason. The court will examine each request for modification on a case-by-case basis. They determine from the information they have whether to grant a change or not. Some reasons for support modification are more legitimate than others. Most revolve around financial situations. 

For example, let us say a supporting parent falls on hard times. They cannot support themselves on their paycheck, let alone a child. In this situation, they may request a modification. They can also ask for a payment reduction if the receiving parent gets other financial support. A popular example involves the receiving parent gaining support from a new spouse. 

What if I need more support? 

You can request for courts to raise payment amounts as well. This often happens if the receiving parent falls on hard times. It also happens if the child ends up needing more financial help. This may happen when a child falls ill or if doctors discover a disability. It might happen because children cost more to raise as they grow up. 

Dealing with matters of child support is difficult no matter what your situation is. Going through the steps to change support payments is often difficult, too. But you can take a look at our linked web page here. It will take you to our center on family law. From there, it is easy to read more about support management, modification and more.