It’s no secret that the world is going through significant change in recent times. Everyone is adjusting their lives to find a new sense of normalcy as the world continues to evolve to current events rapidly.

It makes sense that parents also have to adapt during times of significant change. One of the vital aspects to consider is child support and what you need to adjust to provide for your child.

Changing Circumstances

In California, the court asks the parents to show a change in circumstances for any modifications to child support. The common situations include:

  • The income of one or both parents changed
  • One parent losses their job
  • One parent has another child in a different relationship
  • The child’s needs have significantly changed

Many parents are currently experiencing changes in income or their child’s expenses due to the current climate, and all that change would prompt justification for child support modification in California.

However, it’s important to note that the judge won’t change previous payments of child support – necessarily, they won’t make one parent back pay any prior child support. The court will modify any future fees.

If you want to file for modification, you will need additional information such as a detailed report of all expenses, medical insurance, unemployment benefits and custody and visitation arrangements.

If you feel overwhelmed, make sure to take your time and consult with family and friends to determine the best path for you. You do not want to rush a modification to child support and create more problems in your family.