Raising children can be expensive. A 2021 Lending Tree Analysis found that the average annual cost of raising a child in North Carolina was $16,444 per child. And as expensive as it can be, it can be harder to manage when you're a solo parent, whether you're making child support payments or receiving them. What do you do then, if a child support order needs to be modified? And, what qualifies as an allowable reason to modify the child support? Let's take a look.
When Can You Modify a Child Support Order?
In North Carolina, it's possible to modify a support order three years after the order was entered if a change would modify the support amount by 15%. If it hasn't been three years, then there has to be a “substantial change” in circumstances in order to apply for a modification. Several situations could be considered a substantial change. For example, the child's needs might change substantially if they no longer need to go to daycare or if they suddenly require more medical or educational care. A substantial change for the person providing support might include a significant involuntary income reduction. A lawyer can help you determine whether or not your circumstances count as a “substantial change.”
How Do I Change a Child Support Order?
If you want to modify a child support order, you must file a Motion And Notice Of Hearing For Modification Of Child Support Order. Although the form looks simple, it's not as easy as it seems. It's wise to speak with an attorney before filing the motion. Additionally, hiring an attorney to help you navigate the process and advocate for your rights can help the process go more smoothly.
Skilled North Carolina Family Law Attorneys
If you need to modify a child support order, it can help to have a knowledgeable attorney by your side. The lawyers at Jerkins Family Law would like to help and can answer any questions you may have. Call us at 919-719-2785 or reach out online for assistance.