Changing Child Support -- Modification

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Changing Child Support - Important Facts to Know

Child support is money that a parent pays to another person to help support his or her child. All parents have a legal duty to financially support their children. In most cases, the amount of child support a parent is required to pay is based on his/her income and the payments that have been made in the past. Sometimes changes in circumstances mean that a child support order should be changed.


 Generally, a suit to modify child support is filed in order to change the:

1. Amount of child support paid
2. Scope of the child support, or
3. Duration of child support.

If you and the other parent agree on the changes that should be made to the child support order, then your case is considered an uncontested modification. However, please keep in mind that  even if both sides agree to change the child support order it still needs to be approved by a judge or the AG Child Support Review Process. If you and the other parent do NOT agree about the changes that should be made, your case is contested and you should talk to a lawyer before attempting to submit any forms to the court. This is especially important if the other parent has an attorney.

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Last Review and Update: Jun 13, 2015