If you need to pay child support and you currently have financial challenges, or your financial circumstances significantly changed recently, it is important to understand the importance of staying current on child support. Falling behind on your obligations could lead to various penalties that turn your life upside down.
Whether you lost your job or you are struggling with a serious health problem that has generated costly medical expenses, you could have the ability to modify your child support order. Modifying your support order could help you stay current and make payments more reasonable.
Requesting a review to modify a child support order
According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Human Resources, custodial parents, as well as non-custodial parents, can request reviews to adjust child support obligations. In some instances, the amount of child support the non-custodial party has to pay changes as a result of major financial changes.
The CFHS states that they do not represent either party during reviews and that they focus on the best interests of the child.
Providing information for a child support modification review
The CFHS outlines various types of information parents have to provide when they receive a request to modify a child support order. You will have to prove your income (your gross salary each month and any other sources of income). The CFHS also reviews child support paid for other children, child care costs, spousal support payments and health care expenses for the child.
It is essential to understand how the child support modification process works and take steps to avoid falling behind on your obligations.