There are different reasons to modify a child support order. Some reasons are temporary and other reasons may be permanent. Temporary modifications may be due to medical and financial hardships, such as a child’s medical emergency. Permanent modifications may be awarded if either parent loses their job, the child’s needs significantly changed or either parent becomes disabled.
You can modify the child support order by increasing or decreasing the amount when changed circumstances have occurred. You must make the request to the Judge by presenting evidence of the changed circumstances. Speaking with a child support modification attorney in will allow you to know whether a certain circumstances can modify a child support order.
No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.
A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:
Depending on your specific legal situation, it’s possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.
Pro se – This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute – Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.