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Can I reduce my child support payments?

| Jun 19, 2017 | Child Custody And Support |

Everything in life is changing, and, unfortunately, the salaries we receive from our jobs can change, too — sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Perhaps you were working a lucrative job as an engineer when you got your divorce, and the judge ordered you to pay $1,000 monthly in child support. Recently, though, you got laid off.

You were fortunate to find a new job quickly, but the salary is half as much. You need to downsize a lot of things in your life, and your $1,000 per month child support bill is making things difficult. Can you apply for a reduction in your child support obligations?

What’s a child support modification?

Applying for a change in the amount you’re ordered to pay in child support each month is referred to as a child support modification. If you receive a substantial raise at work, and you’re suddenly making a lot more money, your ex might ask for a modification to increase your child support payments. Conversely, if you receive a significant reduction in salary, you might be able to ask for a reduction in payments.

Whether a judge grants your request for a child support modification depends on your circumstances. A modification might be temporary if you’re suddenly out of a job or if you suffer a temporary injury or illness. A modification might also be permanent if your ability to earn a salary changes permanently.

Reasons for granting a child support modification?

The reasons for granting a child support modification are many and varied. Here are some of the most common reasons that could result in a change:

— Alaska child support laws change.

— The cost of living changes.

— One of the parents goes to jail.

— One of the parents suffers from a disabling health condition.

— One of the parents suffers a significant change in economic circumstances due to a change in income.

— After remarrying, there is a significant change in family income of the spouses.

Can you qualify for a child support modification in Anchorage?

If you think you could qualify for a child support modification, you might want to investigate the possibility with an experienced family law attorney. It’s best to move forward with a such an application as soon as possible — especially if you’re suffering from financial difficulty. The longer you wait, there’s more potential that you could get behind on your child support payments.

Contact Dorothea G. Aguero, Attorney at Law, P.C.