When the court decides upon child support, some believe that the amount is final. However, it is not set in stone. Child support may be modified at any point down the road when there has been a change in circumstance from the time of the last child support order. Examples of changed circumstances include, but are not necessarily limited to:
If the judge previously set support at below the guideline amount, it is possible to ask for a modification without a change in circumstance. Even if the parents came to this non-guideline support order in agreement, you can ask for a modification at any time, according to California Courts. Additionally, when both parents agree upon a new amount of child support amount, they can send in a written stipulation to a judge and have it made into a new order.
If you wish to get an idea of what your child support payments should be, or what you should be receiving in terms of child support, California’s Child Support Calculator is a good quick step for an estimate. However, you need the legal assistance of an experienced family law attorney to get an accurate assessment and to make legal changes to the child support order. Call the Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, office of Charles D. Stark today at 707-527-9900 to set up a free of charge consultation at your soonest convenience.