You pay child support with the idea that it will help your child live a better life. While there is nothing wrong with this, you only have so much money to go around.

This is why there could come a point when you need to request a child support modification.

If your financial situation changes, such as the result of a job loss, you may no longer have the money you need to make your child support payment in full. As disappointing as this may be, it’s a situation that could come into play at some point.

There are many steps to take if you find yourself pondering a child support modification. Here is where you should start:

  • Learn more about the laws that govern child support and modification requests in your state. You need to understand where you fit in, so that you can devise a plan for moving forward.
  • Collect proof that you are no longer able to afford your child support payments. This can be something as simple as a termination letter from your employer. Of course, the more proof you collect the better off you will be.
  • Consult with the other parent. You don’t have to do this, but you may find that the person is sympathetic to your situation, thus making it easier for you to obtain a court approval for your modification.
  • Don’t wait to take action. Although you may have hopes that your situation will improve, you never know what the future will bring. You shouldn’t hesitate to take action, as the court expects you to make full payments on time until a modification is granted.

Even though you understand the importance of paying child support, you also realize that your financial situation is essential to your well-being.

If you have reason to believe that the court will approve a child support modification, you shouldn’t hesitate to take action. Knowing the laws in your state and your legal rights will allow you to move forward with confidence.