Regardless of whether you're a custodial or noncustodial parent, the outcome of a child support dispute can shape the financial well-being of you and your child. As we discussed last week, there are limited circumstances under which child support can be stopped, but there are many instances when a child support modification is warranted. Whether you are seeking to increase or decrease a support obligation, you need to be prepared for a fight, as very rarely do parents agree on an appropriate amount of monthly child support.
This is why it is often critical that you have a legal ally on your side when you confront these matters. A skilled family law attorney may be able to help you gather the evidence you need to support your claim and thereby increase the likelihood that a judge will rule in your favor. This evidence may include documentation demonstrating financial hardship, such as notification of termination from a job or medical documentation, or it may involve showing the other parent's increased income or increased needs of the subject child.
Although seeking child support modification can be challenging and contentious, it should be done as often as needed. Far too often parents wait until they have accumulated significant arrearages before they seek a modification, which puts them at risk of being arrested, having licenses suspended, and even having their passport affected. On the other hand, by avoiding the process some parents lose out on the financial resources they need to ensure that their child is properly cared for.
At the Law Office of Cecil & Cianci, our team of dedicated family law professionals understands the importance of child support. We also possess a firm grasp of the law and what it takes to build a compelling case. We, therefore, invite those who need assistance with child support matters to explore our firm and its successes further.