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Modification of Child Support Orders

20 Years' Experience as a Virginia Beach Divorce Lawyer

After the stress of a divorce has calmed down, you may relish not having to make any major decisions for a while. You're happy with the custody arrangements and satisfied with how much child support you're paying or receiving – everything is good. But in two, three, or four years, you may just want a change to your child support. Is it even possible?

Modifications can be made but it takes a special knowledge of the legal system to do so. I have helped hundreds of families in my years as a Virginia Beach divorce lawyer and would be honored to do the same for you. At my firm, each case is handled with discretion and my staff and I do all that we can to comprehensively meet your needs.

What does it take to modify my child support?

If you can provide evidence of what the court wants to see, they are generally pretty open to changing a child support order. The court needs to be convinced that a significant chance of circumstances has occurred.

This can stem any of the following:

  • Either parent acquires a new job
  • The child's needs change
  • Either parent gets remarried
  • Financial hardship
  • A move to a new state or different part of town

In Virginia, the technical terms surrounding changed circumstances state that the difference between the current child support order and the new order must be at least 10 percent of the existing child support award, but not less than $25 per month. The court may also modify orders based on adjusted levels of fairness between parents.

It is extremely important that you get your modification put down in writing by the court. Simply having a conversation with your former spouse is not enough and can lead to conflict down the line. Let me help you achieve a favorable outcome that will serve you and your children well for years to come.

To work with an outstanding Virginia Beach divorce lawyer, contact my firm today!

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