Are you a divorced father? Do you take great pride in providing your child with everything they need? If you do so through child support, you understand the importance of making full and timely payments.
Unfortunately, there could come a time in the future when you are unable to make your child support payments. There are many reasons for this. For example, you could lose your job. Or maybe you are struck with a serious illness, meaning that you are unable to work for an extended period of time.
If you find yourself in this position, it's important to focus on your financial future. This means many things, including the ability to request a child support modification.
In short, a child support modification gives you the opportunity to pay less money each month. While this may not last forever, it can help you immensely as you attempt to get through your rough patch.
Here are several tips divorced fathers can follow if interested in requesting child support modification:
- Act fast. Once you realize you're unable to make a child support payment, it's time to file for a modification. Although you know your situation has changed, the court is not yet aware.
- Learn more about the laws in your state and your legal rights.
- Speak with the other parent. You may eventually end up in court, but there's nothing wrong with discussing your situation with your ex-wife. Once you explain what is going on, she may agree to your modification request.
- Make note of your change in circumstances. For example, if you've lost your job, keep the termination letter from your employer. This is the type of information you can use to your advantage when requesting a modification.
Modifying child support or a custody arrangement is easier said than done. Not only do you need to take the appropriate steps, but you may need to consult with an attorney who can provide guidance during this difficult time.
Although you understand the importance of providing for your child, there could come a time when you are unable to make your full child support payment. If this happens, you shouldn't hesitate to file a modification request with the court.