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When is it appropriate to seek a modification to child support?

Life continues to change after divorce, and financial circumstances will also continue to fluctuate over time. Some Massachusetts parents find that the terms of their original divorce order no longer meet their needs or reflect the changes that have occurred in their family. In these situations, it may be appropriate to seek a modification to a child support order.

In order for a court to approve a modification, there must be clear grounds for doing so. If a child is diagnosed with a medical condition or other mitigating circumstances are present, the custodial parent may be able to seek an increase in child support. If the non-custodial parent loses his or her job or there are financial hardships, it is possible that the required child support amount could be decreased.

In rare cases, a parent may attempt to hide income in order to avoid paying more in child support. All Massachusetts parents have the obligation to financially support their children until the age of 18, and failure to pay an appropriate amount is a serious concern. A lawyer can help a parent secure the support they need, but it is typically best to seek guidance for any child support concern as soon as possible.

Child support can be a complicated matter, and parents have the right to protect their interests. Seeking a modification to a support order is not always the best option for every parent, but if it is, an experienced lawyer can help a parent navigate the legal process. A case evaluation can reveal the specific options available.

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