What are changed circumstances and how do they affect child support?
Changed circumstances may make the amount of child support go up or down. There are many, many ways in which this can happen.
- If the child has increased needs, even if the parties’ incomes have not changed, a judge may decide to order additional child support.
- If the payor’s income has declined through no fault of his own, even if the child’s needs have not declined, a judge may decide to reduce the amount of child support.
- If both parents’ incomes have increased, child support payments might also be increased.
- If a parent or child changes the place of residence, this too can affect the amount of support.