Are Your Children Doing Without?
Every parent knows firsthand, the expense of raising a child in this day and age. What most divorced parents don’t realize is that child support agreements can be modified if there is a significant change of circumstance.
Katy and Joe have been divorced for 5 years. At the time of their divorce their children were ages 5 and 8. Katy was awarded child support based on her and Joe’s income according to state child support guidelines. Enough money at the time of the divorce for Katy to be able to comfortable provide for the children.
Five years later the children are 8 and 13 and the cost of raising them is considerably more. On top of the extra expense Katy had to take a pay cut at work while Joe has continued to advance in his career and is making substantially more money than at the time of the divorce.
Katy expressed to Joe on more than one occasion that she was having a hard time financially and needed an increase in child support. Joe’s response has always been, “so, sue me.”
And sue him is exactly what Katy did. She hired an attorney, filed a petition for modification of child support with the Family Court and now Joe is paying double the child support he was paying.
If you are in Katy’s position don’t be afraid to hire an attorney and hold the father of your children responsible. If you can’t afford an attorney a petition for modification of child support can be filed Pro Se. It is a simple matter of doing some research online, finding out from your local court clerk any non-legal information you need and filing the paperwork. Get it done!
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