Ideally, you would be able to make child support payments in full and on time every month.
If this ever changes for any reason, you'll want to learn more about your options. This typically means collecting information about obtaining a child support modification.
Here are the steps you can take to make this happen:
- Act as quickly as possible: Since your financial situation has taken a turn for the worse, you shouldn't wait around and hope that it suddenly improves. Instead, act quickly with the idea of making an immediate change.
- Talk to the other parent about your financial trouble: It can be difficult to do, but it's one of the better ways to obtain a child support modification. If this person agrees, you'll find it easier to get the court to do the same.
- Stay current: It's not always easy if you're in a bad financial spot, but staying current with payments is essential. Until you receive a modification, you are expected to make payments in full. If you absolutely can't pay in full, don't hesitate to send a partial payment.
- Document why you need a child support modification: It's not good enough to tell the court you can no longer make your payments. You need to prove this, such as by showing you are unemployed or unable to work as a result of your health.
Once you do these things, you can then file a child support modification with the appropriate family law court.
There is no way of knowing if the court will approve your request, but taking the right steps improves your chance of success.