It doesn’t matter if you’re new to paying child support or have been doing so for many years, you understand the impact it has on your finances.
If there comes a time when you can no longer afford your child support payment, it’s critical to learn more about your legal rights in Maryland and the process you can take to secure a modification.
Here are five basic tips to follow:
- Act now: The court requires you to make child support payments in full and on time until you receive a modification. If your financial situation has changed and you can no longer pay in full, take immediate action.
- Talk to the other parent: Doing so will allow you to more easily reach an agreement. You still need to receive the approval of the court, but if the other parent is on your side, it’s much easier to secure a modification.
- Keep track of your payments: When possible, make your child support payments in full so you don’t slip behind. Keep track of how much you pay and when you pay. Also, if you’re not paying in full, it’s even more important to keep track, as you’ll know exactly how much money you still owe.
- Document your financial changes: You must have a reason to request a child support modification. The court will only grant a modification if you can prove that you can no longer afford the payments. For example, if you lost your job or are unable to work because of a disability, proving it to the court will work in your favor.
- File your request: You can do as much legwork as you want, but nothing will formally happen until you file a request with the court that issued your current support order. Follow the process outlined by the court to ensure a fast and efficient process.
When you follow these tips, you’ll find yourself in better position to secure a child support modification. If successful, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that you can now more comfortably provide your child or children with financial assistance.
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