Child support modification refers to the process of making changes to an existing child support order. It can be initiated by either parent or sometimes by the state agency responsible for enforcing child support. The goal is to ensure that the support arrangement remains fair and appropriate, taking into account the evolving needs and circumstances of the child and the parents.
Several circumstances may warrant child support modification. Some common reasons include:
- Change in income: If there has been a substantial change in either parent’s income, such as job loss, promotion, or a significant increase in earnings, it can affect the amount of child support required.
- Change in custody or parenting time arrangement: If there has been a significant change in this arrangement, such as the child spending more time with the noncustodial parent or changing residences, it may impact the child support calculation.
- Change in the child’s needs: As children grow older, their needs may change. For example, they may require additional expenses for education, healthcare, extracurricular activities, or special needs. Modifying child support can help account for these changing circumstances.
- Change in living expenses: If there has been a significant change in the cost of living for either parent, such as relocation to a different city or state with a different cost of living index, it may necessitate a child support modification.
Child support is a crucial aspect of ensuring the well-being of children in separated or divorced families. It provides financial assistance to the custodial parent to cover the expenses associated with raising a child. In Kansas and Missouri, child support is determined using a worksheet or a formula that differs in each state. The attorneys at Juris Law & Mediation of Olathe, Kansas, understand how to calculate the child support that meets the requirements of either state and can explain the variation of these line items.
If you are a parent, whether it be a custodial or non-custodial parent residing in the Kansas City Metro area, and believe that a child support modification is in order, contact Juris Law & Mediation today at 913-764-8844 to schedule a family law case consultation.