If you have a child, reaching a settlement in your divorce can fill you with very mixed emotions. On the one hand, your marriage is over and you can move on with your life, but on the other hand, child support terms have just been set that will affect you for the rest of your life. If you feel that those terms are unfair to you, or that they may one day become unfair, the prospect could seem even more daunting. What you should know is that there will always be arrangements following your divorce, but the terms of these arrangements are subject to change.
Despite what you may feel after your divorce case, the courts are not your enemy, nor are they out to get you. If you experience changing circumstances in your life that affect the balance of the child support order, the courts might modify the order to better reflect the new circumstances. There are websites that can answer many of your questions before you even step into a courtroom. The important thing is that he courts are willing to work with you to reach an arrangement that is fair to you, your former spouse and your child.
There are many different ways in which a child support order can be changed, and various circumstances can affect these ways. For example, one parent remarrying could permanently change the amount owed in child support, as that parent’s income will likely increase. Child support modifications don’t have to be permanent though. Temporary situations such as loss of employment or medical emergency could see the child support order changed until the parent is able to begin earning income again.
Child support modification procedures vary by state, but Georgia residents can request that the Georgia Division of Child Support Services review their support order and get the process started quickly. Of course, this is still a legal matter with serious repercussions, so parents looking to have their support order modified might consider enlisting the help of legal aid.