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Change in financial status can cause a change in child support

Circumstances can change in an instant. One minute, the California worker is gainfully employed and the next minute, he or she is not. Although this change may be in no way the fault of the individual, it still has an effect upon that individual's ability to meet his or her normal monthly obligations. For many, these obligations often include housing expenses, car notes and even child support payments.

Without money coming in, it will be difficult for the individual to meet these obligations. However, when financial circumstances change, it is possible that a change in child support can be made. Such a change can be addressed through a formal request to the California court that is responsible for the original agreement.

Changes in child support may be warranted based upon a significant change in the income of one of the parents. It can also be warranted based upon the amount of time that a parent spends with the child. Finally, a change in child support may be based upon the number of other children that a parent is responsible for.

When an individual's circumstances changes, and there is no apparent immediate solution, he or she may want to go ahead and address the child support issue in court. The reason for this is that any change granted will ultimately be based upon the date of filing. It cannot be backdated to the date of change in financial status. Thus, rather than waiting to see what will happen, the California parent may need to go ahead and begin this process and meet with his or her attorney to decide which steps to take next.

Source: parents.familieschange.ca.gov, "What if our situation changes?", Accessed on May 28, 2017

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