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Your finances changed, but can your support order change, too?

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2019 | Spousal Maintenance

Your divorce is final, but it may surprise you how much that choice is still affecting many areas of your life. You probably had to make financial adjustments, get used to new parenting schedules and much more. However, the changes you may experience don’t stop once things are final and you feel settled. You may find that your financial circumstances and ability to pay child support are no longer what they used to be.

Through reasons you cannot control and circumstances you did not expect, you may find yourself unable to continue with the same payments you made in the past. This has no bearing on your ability to be a good parent, yet you may be unsure of what you can do in this situation. Thankfully, it is possible to sometimes secure a modification to an existing child support order. 

Question you may have about this option

Supporting parents cannot change the amount they pay simply because they are tired of paying it or believe the other parent is not using it appropriately. Both parents have a legal obligation to support their children until they reach adulthood, which means you may have to make payments for a long time. However, there are times when changes are appropriate and necessary. The following facts about modifications may help you understand how this works: 

  • It is possible to discuss and arrange a change in your support payments with the other parent, but it is also prudent to follow through with the appropriate legal steps.
  • You may be able to secure a temporary change in your support order if you expect that your financial circumstances will improve again in the near future.
  • Modifications are appropriate in situations where the supporting parent loses a job, experiences a health problem or is facing other unexpected events that impact income.
  • Just as the supporting parent can request to lower his or her payments, the receiving parent can request additional support if the kids have new needs with which he or she needs assistance. 

If you believe that you are eligible for a modification of your support order, you may want to speak with an experienced Colorado legal advocate regarding this potential option. This can help you understand your rights and allow you to see if it’s appropriate to move forward with your request to the court for a modification. Seeking a modification is sometimes necessary, and you may be assured to know that this will not impact your parenting time and custody schedule.