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Can child support be modified after a divorce?

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2023 | Modifications |

You can absolutely modify a child support order after a divorce. In fact, it is a very common legal proceeding in family court because life changes happen all the time; circumstances change, parents move away, and many other factors can impact child support, necessitating a change.

When does the court allow modifications?

Missouri allows parents to request modifications of their child support obligations in certain circumstances. Even though the courts understand that life changes happen, adjustments to the order established before can only be made if there is a substantial and continuous change in either parent’s or child’s lives.

Decrease in child support

For example, suppose one of the parents loses their job and cannot fulfill their child support obligations. In that case, they can request a modification of child support. There are other circumstances that the court considers as well, including disability and others.

Respect the law

It is critical to note that the previously established order remains in effect until and unless the judge issues another order. Until then, you must continue to abide by what the court established in the previous order, which remains in effect.

Increase in child support

Conversely, if you need to request an increase in child support, that is also possible. Suppose a substantial change or set of circumstances has taken place that warrants a change. In that case, the court may consider issuing a new order. To do that, the court will consider all financial resources of either party and any person they cohabit with, as well as earning capacity of each parent.

Modifications to existing child support arrangements can seem complicated, but they do not have to be. The law may allow it under certain circumstances. Suppose you want to know more about your situation before going to court. In that case, you can consult a legal professional who can give you more details.


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