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Can child support agreements be modified?

Can child support agreements be modified?

While people never go into a marriage and start a family imagining that one day the marriage would be dissolved, in reality this happens to many people in Georgia. Once children are involved, there are many things that must be considered when working out a divorce agreement. However, sometimes life circumstances change, whether several months or several years down the line, and you may be wondering whether these changes affect the already established child support agreement.

The basic answer is that yes, it is possible to modify your child support agreement. However, it is not as simple as doing so on a whim because you or your spouse desire some changes. For a judge to approve a revision, you must be prepared to demonstrate why you are seeking to do so. Forbes points out that a modification can often be accomplished in situations such as when one parent:

  •       Has a significant increase in income
  •       Has a significant decrease in income such as the loss of a job
  •       Acquires a disability 
  •       Is bequeathed a substantial inheritance 

Sometimes, there might not be a precipitating event that has you wondering about support modification. Rather, as your child ages, it might be more expensive to raise him or her based on their participation in more costly activities. At other times it may be because your child needs to incur additional medical expenses such as braces. Or, a change in your child’s schooling that has financial implications might be in order. 

The information here is of a general content and should not be interpreted as providing legal advice. 

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