Child support is a payment made by one parent to the other to help cover the costs of raising a child. In California, child support is typically based on the income of both parents and the amount of time each parent spends with the child.
The purpose of child support is to ensure that a child’s needs are sufficiently provided for. However, a child’s needs can change over time, and this can necessitate a modification to the child support order. Here are some common situations that may warrant a child support modification in California:
As a child grows and develops, their needs may change. For example, a child may require additional medical care or special education services. If the current child support order is no longer sufficient to cover the child’s needs, a modification may be necessary.
If the custodial parent’s income changes significantly, either through a job loss or a significant pay increase or decrease, a child support modification may be necessary.
Similarly, if the non-custodial parent’s income changes significantly, either through a job loss or a significant pay increase or decrease, a child support modification may be necessary.
This doesn’t mean a court will automatically grant a modification in these circumstances. For instance, if there is reason to believe a non-custodial parent could potentially secure new employment that would provide them with the same approximate income as they previously earned, but they are simply not pursuing new employment, the judge might be less inclined to grant a request for a modification.
If the child’s living arrangements change, such as if they start living with the non-custodial parent full-time, a child support modification may be necessary.
If you believe that a child support modification is necessary due to a change in the child’s needs or circumstances, you can file a motion to modify the child support order. The court will consider the relevant factors and determine whether a modification is warranted.
It is always a good idea to speak with a lawyer before seeking a child support modification. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and guide you through the legal process. They can also help you negotiate a fair and reasonable child support arrangement that meets the needs of you and your child.
At the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, we understand that, whether you’re the one paying child support or receiving it, you want what’s best for your child. We also understand that life circumstances can sometimes prevent a well-meaning parent from continuing to pay child support as they have in the past.
A qualified Westlake Village child support modification attorney can assist you in these challenging circumstances. For more information about what we can do for you, contact us online or call us at 805-379-4550.