A legal procedure, Child Support Modification, can be used to reduce the amount of child support that is due.
There are many reasons reducing child support may be necessary, especially in today's recession economy. Many Dads are losing their jobs or having their hours/pay reduced. Any of these instances may be cause for modification of child support. The Department of Child Support Enforcement has the ability to reduce support payments without a court procedure, but may not be willing to do so. Don't despair, the law is on your side!
You may feel guilty about needing to reduce your child support payments. You may think it will lower your child's standard of living and they will dislike you because of it. Well, you need to do a reality check. If you lose your job, or for any other reason can't make your child support payments, you face jail time! Child Support Enforcement can suspend your driver's license, recreational licenses, and other licenses you may need to work.
Sitting In Jail Because You Are Behind on Child Support Payments Does Not Help Your Children
Getting a new job will be difficult if you have no driver's license and without a new job you will not be able to pay your child support. You can see that this is a downward spiral to nowhere. Just think how your child will feel if you are not there to visit them because you are in jail! Not the picture you want them to have of their Dad.
So, the alternative of seeking child support modification seems like the intelligent thing to do. If you truly feel terrible, once you get your job back, or otherwise correct your income, problem you can then start paying more child support again. However, you have protected yourself when your income was reduced.
Each state has guidelines for the amount of child support based on, typically, the non-custodial parents income, and the custodial parent's income. Many Dads are not aware that if their ex's income changes substantially for the better, they may be able to reduce the amount of child support that is due. Be sure to check out your states guidelines when preparing your Child Support Modification forms.
This procedure can be done without an attorney thereby saving you typically thousands of dollars. In addition, most attorneys are reluctant to represent non-custodial Fathers in child support issues. But, you can do this yourself and DadsCanWin can show you the way.
Remember, the most important thing, if your income has changed, is to take action before you get behind. Losing your driver's license and facing jail is no picnic. The law is on your side if you take action!