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Child support may be modified for changes in circumstances

Not many things are set in stone, although it may seem this is not true when it comes to decisions ordered in family court. Some people in Pennsylvania may believe that whatever the judge decides cannot be changed. However, even the terms of child support ordered by a judge can be modified under certain circumstances.

There are very few lives that do not encounter feasts and famines. Some parents who are ordered to pay a certain amount of child support may find themselves facing a financial setback. This may be a job loss, a disabling injury or incarceration. Additionally, a parent receiving support may temporarily require more money due to a child's medical needs or recent hardships. A parent who experiences an increase in income may be asked by the receiving parent for more support.

If a parent requires temporary modification in support payments, he or she may be able to reach an agreement with the co-parent. However, that agreement must be in writing and approved by a judge to have legal sway. Acting quickly during a financial setback is important because the supporting parent is responsible for the amount ordered until a modification has been approved by the court. No matter what hardship a parent faces, the court will consider the needs of the child in making any decisions for modification.

Parents in Pennsylvania who are dealing with a change in income or financial circumstances may require temporary modification in their obligations. It is possible to request child support payment adjustments to allow for those changes. Having an attorney to advise and guide them may increase the chances of a favorable outcome.

Source: Findlaw, "Can I Change a Child Support Order After Changing Jobs?", Accessed on Sept. 12, 2016

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