Terre Haute Child Support Modification Attorneys
Your family law case has been done for a while and everyone has moved on. You may be wondering if the amount of child support that you are paying or receiving is correct. The laws of Indiana allow child support orders to be modified under certain circumstances. Accomplishing a child support modification requires going to court and getting the judge’s approval. If the motion to modify child support is opposed, or “contested,” by the other party, then the court will hold a hearing and listen to arguments from both sides before deciding whether or not to modify an existing order for child support. Call the experienced Terre Haute child support modification lawyers at Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm today to determine if your current Indiana child support order can be modified. We represent parents seeking or opposing child support modification in Vigo County courts.
When Can Child Support Be Modified in Indiana?
According to section 31-16-8-1 of the Indiana Code, child support can be modified upon the showing of (1) changed circumstances so substantial and continuing as to make the terms of the current order unreasonable; or (2) if a party has been ordered to pay an amount in child support that differs by more than twenty percent (20%) from the amount that would be ordered by applying the child support guidelines. In the latter case, a further requirement is that the order requested to be modified was issued at least twelve (12) months before the petition requesting modification was filed.
Making more or less money, having new-born children or experiencing a change in overnight parenting time may all be a basis for a child support modification. After the filing of the Petition To Modify Child Support, the following are important considerations:
- the current gross incomes of the parties
- whether there are any after-born children to either parent, and
- whether there have been changes in health insurance, childcare expenses, or the number of overnights the non-custodial parent has with the child.
This information can be exchanged by the parties voluntarily, or it can be requested in formal discovery. Non-Parties can be sent a subpoena to obtain relevant payroll documents from the other party’s employer. Terre Haute child support modification lawyer Rowdy G. Williams can guide you through the process and perform all necessary legal tasks to accomplish the modification. If the modification is contested, legal representation from an experienced family law courtroom litigator is critical to achieving a successful result, whether you are seeking or opposing the modification.
Help With Child Support Modification in Terre Haute
If you are considering modifying the current child support order, the most important step is to retain an attorney who handles child support modifications on a routine basis. Our Firm regularly practices in this area. If you would like to meet to see if your support order can be modified, call Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm today for a free consultation.