Paying child support is important, as this gives you the opportunity to provide for your child after your divorce. Unfortunately, there may come a time when your financial circumstances change, thus impacting your ability to make regular payments in full.
Here are the many steps to follow if you need to request a child support modification:
- Don’t delay: It’s common to put this off, hoping that you can work everything out on your own. If you do this and your financial problems persist, you’ll find yourself in an even worse situation.
- Learn more about Arizona laws and your rights: You shouldn’t assume you’ll qualify for a child support modification. You need to understand the laws in your state that govern when this is possible.
- Talk to the other parent: It may mean swallowing your pride, but it can help in many ways. If the other parent agrees to a child support modification, the court is more likely to follow suit.
- Document your financial changes: It’s your job to prove to the court that you can no longer afford to make your original payment. By documenting your change in circumstances, it’s easier to get approval.
- Keep up with payments: You can’t stop paying what’s required by law until the court approves your modification request. Keep making your payments to the best of your ability, even if it puts stress on other areas of your finances.
When you follow these steps, you’ll find it easier to confidently request a child support modification. With success, you’ll no longer have to make payments that you’re unable to afford.