Change is the way of the world. Sometimes that change is for better, and other times that change is for worse. It applies to all aspects of life, including families and divorces. When financial situations change and it affects your ability to meet child or spousal support obligations, the Ogden, Layton, and Salt Lake City, UT divorce lawyers of Froerer & Miles can help.
If you need to request a modification to any financial obligations, it’s crucial that you speak with a child support attorney at our law firm. Below, we’ll consider some of the reasons why changes are sought in child support payments and how we can help you with such issues.
Why Child Support Amounts May Need to Change
Loving parents want what’s best for their children, yet there are times when existing child support amounts need to be altered. The overarching reason for these changes involve new circumstances faced by either parent or the child. Examples of this include:
- A parent loses a job
- A parent gets a promotion
- A parent comes into a lot of money
- A parent suffers a medical emergency
- A child has new medical needs
- A child has new educational needs
In all of these examples, there is a change in means that must be considered.
Discussing Changes with Your Former Spouse
When child support amounts need to be adjusted, it’s possible to discuss this with your former spouse if the relationship remains amicable. Doing so can avoid major legal battles and emotionally fraught arguments.
Disputes About Child Support Changes
Not all relationships with former spouses are simple. On top of that, not all requests for child support changes are legitimate. Sometimes a spouse attempts to avoid their responsibility as a parent and provider, which is why disputes arise. There are many ways that these disagreements can be addressed.
Negotiating Child Support Changes with Your Lawyers
If in-person discussions and agreements are not a possibility, that’s when it’s a good idea to negotiate child support changes through your lawyers. Divorce attorneys are skilled in keeping the exchanges as objective as possible while also representing your best interests as well as the best interests of your child.
Mediation for Child Support Changes
If negotiating between lawyers is not fruitful, you can seek the aid of a mediator. This disinterested third party can help both sides reach a mutually agreeable compromise without having to go all the way to court. Working through a mediator is yet another way to avoid lengthy and emotionally draining exchanges.
Going to Court Over Child Support Modifications
When all other options have been exhausted or are not viable, that’s when child support disputes should be taken to court.
Our lawyers will represent your side as well as the needs of your child. A judge can then consider all the evidence presented and make a ruling that puts your child’s well being first while also considering any new financial realities.
Learn More About Child Support Changes
For more information about altering child support amounts and helping you when disputes arise, be sure to contact our skilled team of family law attorneys. You can reach the law firm of Froerer & Miles by phone in Ogden by calling(801) 614-2934.