previous blog entry, our Rhode Island family law attorneys discussed how parenting plans can be
modified post-divorce. To further shed light on this complicated yet crucial legal issue, we
would like to take the time now to discuss how child support payments
in particular can be modified. Since this is a matter that concerns both
your finances and the wellbeing of your child, it is important to know
the ins and outs of the subject thoroughly.
For starters, modifying child support agreements is similar to modifying
anything covered in your
divorce in the way that it may not be done “on a whim.” The court
will need to see that something significant has happened before it will
even consider your proposed changes. But what is significant? This is
where matters start to become unique.
Child support payments are there to benefit your child first and foremost. This means that changes in
their life may be significant enough for the court to consider altering the previous
For example: If your child is passionate about music and insistent on enrolling
in band class, there may be high costs and fees associated with this hobby,
such as price tags on instruments and uniforms, that are simply out of
your financial range. To keep them happy and learning, you can request
additional child support payments for a set sum and a set amount of time.
Personal interests may be, admittedly, difficult for a court to consider
significant. Generally child support payments based on a child’s
needs are spurred on by medical necessity. An injury or illness may debilitate
them, necessitating certain care or requiring modifications around your
home, such as wheelchair access ramps. Beyond their own necessary care,
if you suddenly lost your source of income or needed to make medical payments
of your own, child support modification may be a possibility.
To learn more about this subject, or for help with a family law issue of
contact TJC ESQ and our Rhode Island divorce attorneys today. We would be happy to tell
you more about your legal options during a
free initial case evaluation. Just call