When the courts initially set child support, our Mesa divorce attorney has found that they do not consider possible changes in income or even job loss. As such, we advise that you follow our counsel if you need to ask for a change in your child support amount. These five steps can help you as you wait for changes to your child support amount.
- Keep paying your current support as ordered by the court. The court set it, and if you do not pay as ordered, you could be subject to serious penalties. The court will review your case and make a decision. In the meantime, keep paying. Failure to comply could mean serious penalties, such as the loss of your license, ruined credit and more.
- Know how your state of residence calculates child support. Nearly every state has set formal guidelines to determine the amount, and the judge will rarely deviate from these. Our Mesa divorce attorney can provide you with additional information about these guidelines and how they work in the state of Arizona.
- Try to reach an out-of-court agreement with your ex. This informal arrangement, also called a consent order, could save you time and money. If your ex agrees to the terms, you can sign the consent order without even going to court.
- Attempt to schedule a hearing with the judge. If your ex does not agree to a consent order, you will need to file a motion to schedule a hearing with the judge. Child support amounts won’t changes unless you ask. Be prepared for your ex to fight the reduction. You should have specific documentation, such as reduced hours, a drop in pay or increased expenses to justify why you are asking for a change. Our Mesa divorce attorney can assist you with this technical aspect of your case.
- Be patient. Changing a court order takes time. The court might not be able to schedule a hearing for several weeks.
Call Our Mesa Divorce Attorney
If you have questions about your child support payments, contact the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C. at (480) 820-4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725 to speak with our Mesa divorce attorney.