In Pennsylvania, separated parents can modify child support payments due to circumstances such as loss of income or change in marital status. To establish a child support modification, it is necessary for both parents to agree to the new terms, and a judge has to order the change. While this is a complicated process, there are a few tips that can help make requesting a child support modification a bit easier.
As soon as financial circumstances change, it is necessary to act quickly to get the required child support payment reduced. While the modification is being processed, all current child support payments will remain the same, and there is no way to lower payments that were due prior to the implementation of the modification.
It is a good idea to be familiar with the laws in Pennsylvania regarding child support modification. The parent should be sure that the change in circumstances will meet the state's requirements to lower child support. Any changes in the household that affect the financial ability to pay should be thoroughly documented, and there should be supporting evidence from an unrelated third party if possible. It is also important to show effort to improve the financial situation. For example, if the modification is due to lost employment, it would be a good idea to show proof of job applications and job search expenses.
If possible, one should try to explain the situation to the other parent so they will not reject the modification agreement. The approval of the other parent can make a tremendous difference in the processing of the modification.
When it comes to changing child support payments, it is crucial to make sure the requested modification will result in an amount that is feasible to pay. Because child support laws are not necessarily "one size fits all," many parents seek the counsel of family law attorneys who can provide guidance and clarity to complex situations.