California residents like you go through a lot when you divorce. The higher your assets are, the more you have to deal with on a legal and financial level. If you are handling matters like child support payments on top of that, it can often get overwhelming.

But one good piece of news is that the arrangement you make upon divorce is not set in stone. Though you need reason to change your custody order, it is still possible.

Showing substantial and valid change

The California Courts look at when you can change a child support order. As mentioned above, you cannot change a support order for no reason. There must be a substantial change in the financial situation of one or both parents first. For example, if you lose your job or get demoted, you have less income. This means your support order is no longer accurate or valid. This is due to the courts using your previous income to create it.

Changes to your co-parent’s finances

You can also request a change if your co-parent gains more money. Examples include promotions, new jobs, or remarrying someone with high assets. Also, if a parent ends up incarcerated, this will alter payments, too. An incarcerated parent cannot pay child support, as they have no job or way of making money.

Finally, support payments may change if the needs of your child change. As a child grows, they may require more or less support. Sending a kid off to college is very pricey, as an example. Care costs may rise if your child ends up suffering from a health condition. Whatever the case is, your support payments can move flexibly to suit your situation.