This blog recently discussed how child support orders are enforced. There are also different ways child support may be modified in certain situations.
When circumstances change
It is important to understand that the parent seeking the modification will have to follow the process outlined under Ohio law for the modification of child support. It is also important to keep in mind that the existing child support order remains in place until any change is officially made. In general, parents can request child support modifications based on a significant change in circumstances of the parent or child.
A child’s needs may change for a variety of reasons, including changes in health or education. In these cases, the parent receiving child support may need to request a modification to the child support order.
In many cases, the paying parent is the one who requests a modification. If the parent loses a job or experiences a significant drop in income, they may wish to seek a child support modification. A parent who falls behind in making court-ordered child support payments can quickly find themselves deep in debt and facing a variety of enforcement actions. These may include wage garnishment, loss of a professional license and many other penalties. In order to avoid these consequences, it is best to request a modification as soon as possible after financial circumstances change.
Both parents receiving child support and those paying it can benefit from reviewing their child support orders from time to time. An attorney with experience in family law can advise parents on their rights and options.