Child support needs can change
Child support allows for the cost of raising a child to be divided equitably between the parents based on their income. The court creates a child support order according to the child’s needs and the parent’s finances. However, these things can change over time.
You may reach a moment when you realize that your child support order is no longer working for you, the other parent, or your child.
Here are a few examples of circumstances that could call for a modification:
- A significant change in your income
- A substantial change in the other parent’s income
- A considerable difference in the cost of caring for your child
Making a change to your child support order
If one or a combination of the above circumstances has made it, so your child support order is either 15% above or below Connecticut child support guidelines, it may be time to seek out a modification.
Doing so is relatively simple; just follow these steps:
- Find the required forms
- Fill them out
- Submit them to the court clerk
- Have them be official served to the other parent
- Prepare for the court hearing
- Attend the court hearing
There is more detailed information available on this guide from the Judicial Branch of Connecticut. Additionally, a family law attorney could help you better understand the process and get a new child support order that works for you.