Everything you need to know about child support modification
Even though the calculation of child support is largely formulaic in Michigan, there are still several variables to be examined and included. Our experienced family law attorneys can guide you through this process and help you make your best case.
It would be unreasonable to assume that a divorce judgment would accurately reflect both parties’ finances for years to come. It is in this spirit that the courts allow modifications to be made to nearly all major aspects of a decree. At Barberi Law, we understand that it can become necessary to modify child support based on changes in income or the unique needs of the child or children. Our clients typically seek the answers to several questions, including:
- How long after my divorce is final do I have to wait to seek a modification in child support?
- How many times can a child support order be modified?
- Can child support be adjusted up or down?
These and many more questions are addressed in a book written by Mr. Barberi. The book, “The Divorce Book: What Every Michigan Married Man or Woman Needs to Know…and 5 Things That Can Sink Your Divorce Case,” has been specifically written to answer questions regarding your rights and the legal process involved in establishing a child support order. No matter your situation, we encourage you to contact our family law legal team. We will mail you a copy of Mr. Barberi’s book, free of charge, and you can schedule a consultation at our office if you believe that would be helpful to you.
Common child support payment questions
- The non-custodial parent has agreed to increase child support payments. Do I still need to call an attorney?
Yes, it is highly recommended that you seek legal guidance. Unfortunately, a verbal agreement carries almost no weight in court. In order to make the change binding and enforceable , it is wise to go through the legal process and put the modification into the form of a court order.
- I’ve lost my job, but the needs of my child haven’t changed. Can I still decrease my child support payments?
While the needs and best interests of the child are paramount in family court, the ability of a parent to pay child support is also important for the parties to consider. The court will look at your new circumstances and attempt to match the needs of your child with the parents’ ability to provide financial support. Contact our family law team to discuss your situation in greater detail.