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When can you ask that a child support order be modified?

A judge has issued a child support order following your divorce in Louisville. Now what do you do? You must begin paying the support in the full amount via the method listed on the order.

Do not skip a single payment as this can wind up hurting you in the long run. However, there are times when a child support order can be modified. Let's discuss some of those.

A child support order can be modified for various reasons -- most of them involving a major change in the financial situation of the person paying the support. For example, if you lost your job, you can request that the amount of support you owe be decreased. If the number of hours you work was reduced, this would affect your overall income, which means you can request a modification of the order.

This works in the opposite way, too. If you receive a promotion, a large bonus, or are left a sizable inheritance; the person receiving support can request that the amount you are paying be increased.

Did you recently suffer a serious injury or develop a medical condition that prevents you from working? This is another reason that often permits the modification of a child support order. The same applies if you need to stop working to care for a terminally ill loved one.

Modifying a child support order is not easy. You will need to have a good reason for the request. Most of the time, these requests are denied because the financial situation hasn't changed enough to validate a drop in the amount. That's why it's essential to have experienced legal guidance when you need to seek a modification.

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