Change is a part of life. Some life changes may require a change to a child support order. This quiz is specifically for those who have a child support order that has been implemented through the court system. If your child or children live primarily with you and you do not have a child support order through the courts, call us today to set up a consultation to discuss obtaining a child support order. If you recently had child support ordered and were not represented by an attorney, you can set up a consultation to review your child support worksheet to make sure you are paying or receiving the correct amount. The Child Support Guidelines can get complicated, so you want to be sure that you are taking advantage of all the adjustments available to you. For those who have a child support order in place and wonder if it may need to be modified, take the short quiz below!
Answer YES or NO to the following questions:
1. Has residential custody of the children changed since your initial order?
2. Has either party had an increase or decrease in income?
3. Has either party stopped or started paying spousal maintenance in another case?
4. Has either party stopped or started paying child support in another case?
5. Has either party had additional children that reside in the home that party is supporting?
6. Was a supported child 0-5 years old when the order was entered but is now 6 or older?
7. Was a supported child 6-11 years old when the order was entered but is now 12 or older?
8. Have there been changes in health insurance costs for the children, or is the party who was paying for insurance no longer paying?
9. Have work related child care expenses increased or decreased, or is the party who was paying the expenses no longer paying?
10. Have either of the parties moved—creating considerable travel time and expense for one parent?
11. Is either party now working in a different state?
12. Has a child been diagnosed with any special needs that have caused increased expenses for one parent?
If you answered YES to one or more of these questions, you may meet the statutory requirements to ask the court to increase or decrease your child support. Schedule your consultation with one of our knowledgeable family law & divorce attorneys and let us crunch the numbers for you!