How to Fight a Child Support Increase
Being asked for a child support increase can be upsetting, especially if your financial situation really does not support a higher payment. That can lead you to search for terms like ‘how to avoid child support increase’ or ‘how to fight child support increase.’ You will find a lot of information, but it may not be specific to your state or accurate for your situation.
It is always better to consult with a legal professional for accurate advice. When you need to go to court for a child support increase, here are the basics you need to know.
How to Prepare for a Child Support Court Proceeding
Understanding how to fight a child support increase starts with understanding how to be prepared for court. To do that, you will want to talk with your attorney and follow their specific advice. Do not try to avoid a child support increase by not going to court or try to fight one when you are unprepared.
It is very important that you appear in court as requested and that you are prepared with the information the court will be asking for. Much of that information will be financial, which is why you will want to bring evidence of your current monetary situation and any recent changes. Any recent changes to your living situation may also be considered by the court, as will recent changes to the other parent’s income or living situation, or the child’s specific needs.
What to Bring to a Child Support Court Proceeding
Bringing evidence to court to fight a child support increase is vital. Without evidence, the court will not have proof of your situation on which they can make a judgment. That could lead to losing the case and being required to pay a higher level of child support. You should be sure to bring proof of your current assets, along with proof of any changes in those assets. For example, if you received a large raise, won the lottery, or otherwise greatly improved your financial situation, the court will want to know about that.
Bringing evidence to fight a child support increase is a critical part of having a successful case. Your attorney can advise you about exactly what to bring based on your specific circumstances.
Working With a Child Support Professional
By working with a legal professional, you can get direct advice that is tailored to your situation. Then you will know exactly what you should bring to court to fight a child support increase. In some cases, you may not be able to avoid an increase in child support, simply because your circumstances have changed. But in those cases, the main goal would be to minimize the amount that your child support obligation would be increased. An attorney can work with you on those issues to help you get the best possible outcome for your case.
If you need help fighting a child support increase our experienced Child Support attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor are here to assist. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for legal guidance and support.