On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child support on Friday, November 23, 2018.
Even after your divorce in Wichita, the love that you feel for your children does not change (nor does your desire to provide for them). Your financial circumstances, however, could, and this may place you in the position of struggling to meet your child support obligation. Many come to us here at the Stange Law Firm PC in this same situation questioning what their options are (and concerned that they may face legal trouble if they are unwilling to make their payments). If you share this same fear, you will be happy to know that there is indeed a way to modify your child support agreement.
The question then becomes what circumstances would warrant a reconsideration of your obligation? Per the Kansas Department for Children and Families, the court will already automatically review your case every three years to determine whether its current constraints are still appropriate. You can petition, however, to have it reviewed on a more frequent basis. The court will consider reviews when your child reaches the milestone ages of six and twelve, or when a permanent change to your income would cause what state guidelines would mandate what you would pay to change from what you actually pay by 10 percent or more.
Keep in mind that this option not only applies to cases where a decrease in your income could impact your ability to pay, but also scenarios where an increase in income might allow you to pay more. The ever-evolving needs of children (e.g., health care, school expenses, extracurricular activities) might also prompt the court to seek to modify your agreement. You can learn more about managing your child support obligation by continuing to explore our site.