Are you expected to pay child support each month? Have you come to find that you’re unable to comfortably make payments as the result of a major change in your life’s circumstances?
In the meantime, you need to do whatever it takes to make your payments in full. If this isn’t possible, send as much money as you can manage until you are able to get back onto your financial feet again.
But you should be aware that you might have an option available to lower your monthly child support obligations. There is no guarantee that the court will approve a child support modification, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking action.
If this is something you need to improve your financial situation, here are some steps to take:
- Act quickly to avoid arrearages from accruing. If you think you need a child support modification you shouldn’t wait a single day to take action. When you take immediate action, there’s a smaller chance of your financial trouble causing you additional stress.
- Learn more about Alabama’s child support laws. For example, you should have a clear idea of when you can request a modification. You may be able to do so if you lost your job or are unable to work as the result of a serious illness.
- Talk to the other parent. This is not always easy to do, but asking the other parent if they’ll agree to a child support modification is one of the best steps you can take. They don’t have to comply, but if they do, it’ll make things easier on you.
- File your petition to modify the support obligation with the appropriate court. You want to do this as soon as possible, as the court can’t issue a child support modification until they review your case. You’ll need to prove why you’re unable to make payments in full, so be prepared to do so.
In a perfect world, you would be able to make your child support payments in full and on time without any hassle. While this may be the case now, things could change at some point in the future.
If you need to request a child support modification, focus on the details of the process and your legal rights. The knowledge you garner will help improve your chances of an approval.