Modification suits typically increase hostility between the parties.
A child support order can be modified if circumstances change or adequate time passes. A parent who is unable to pay child support because of losing a job or as the result of unforeseen financial problems can ask the court to modify the support.
A parent who is receiving support can ask for an increase based on:
In order to qualify for a modification of support, the person asking for the modification must show that the circumstances of the child or either parent have changed since the order was made. If three years have lapsed, the person asking for the change must indicate that the amount of support under the current guidelines would differ by at least 20% or $100 from the original amount ordered.
ONLY A COURT CAN MODIFY THE CHILD SUPPORT AMOUNT!
Only a court can change the amount of child support! Don’t rely on the other parent’s word that it’s okay to pay less support! You can always be required to pay the amount that was originally ordered, no matter how long the other parent waits and no matter what verbal agreements were previously made.
A parent who fails to pay child support can be subject to any of the following methods of collection: