Requesting a child support modification is one thing. Actually obtaining a modification from a family law court takes a lot of work.
It's easy to assume that you will qualify for a child support modification, but you don't have the final say. Instead, this is up to the court, and they'll make a decision based on a variety of factors.
If you are truly unable to pay your child support, it's never a bad idea to consider a modification. You may come to find that this is the only way to provide for your child, all the while still being able to take care of yourself.
Here are the steps to take if you have no choice but to consider a modification:
- Take fast action. You shouldn't assume you can fix things on your own, as this could make your situation worse. You need to act fast, all the while trying to stay current with your payments to the best of your ability.
- Learn more. There are child support laws that govern if you will qualify for a modification, so you need to learn as much as possible about your legal rights. This will help you decide if it makes sense to continue forward.
- Call the other parent. This can be a tough step to take, but it's something you should consider. Telling the other parent about your situation may lead to this person agreeing to a modification for the time being.
- Don't stop making payments. You should do whatever you can to make payments in full until your case is heard. Even if you can only make partial payments, it's better than nothing at all. It shows that you're trying to do the right thing.
- File your request. Once you have documentation to back up your reason for wanting a modification, it's time to file your request and move forward with the process.
If you are unable to pay your child support, don't hesitate to consider a modification. As long as you know your legal rights, you'll have an idea of what to expect as things progress.