Child support orders are legally binding documents that outline the rights and responsibilities of both parents when it comes to providing financial support for their children. But these orders can become outdated as life circumstances change. If you find yourself in this position, you may wonder if your child support order can be modified or updated in New Jersey to reflect your current situation.
When can you modify a child support order?
If you are the parent who is paying child support, you may be able to modify your order if you can prove that your circumstances have changed in a way that makes it difficult for you to pay. For example, if you have lost your job or had your hours at work reduced, you may be able to get a modification.
How to modify a child support order
If you need to modify your order, there are a few things you can do. You can try to negotiate a new agreement with the other parent. If you can’t agree, you can ask the court to modify the order.
To change the order, you must show that significant changes in circumstances have occurred since the last order was made.
If you and the other parent agree on the new terms of child support, you can ask the court to approve your agreement. The agreement will become a new court order if the court approves it.
Filing a petition for modification
Modifying a child support order can be an important step in ensuring that both parents are adequately meeting the needs of their children. You must file a petition with the court responsible for issuing the original order and show that circumstances have changed. The court will then hold a hearing, at which both sides will have a chance to present evidence and argue their case. The court will then decide on whether to modify the child support order.