Omaha Modification of Child Support Lawyer
Child support arrangements can be difficult to create and maintain. Whether your family structure involves child custody agreements, child support, visitation, or another arrangement, it is important that you adhere to the terms set forth by the court. The court developed these agreements to benefit the children and accommodate the parents’ needs. Adhering to them is your legal obligation after you leave the courtroom.
However, just because agreements are legally binding does not mean that they cannot be changed. As your children grow and your family evolves, the agreements can evolve as well. However, it is important that you follow the appropriate procedure if you need to change any court-ordered agreements. You can make child support modification guidelines with the help of a qualified family attorney.
Stange Law Firm, PC, for Modifying Child Support Orders
The team at Stange Law Firm, PC, has been practicing family law for many years. We have a wide range of expertise in this field, which gives us the unique ability to offer comprehensive services for changing your parenting plan or child support guidelines. We can assess how your child support agreement will affect other areas of your family and ensure that any new agreements are beneficial to you and your children.
Because we have so much experience in this field, we are confident in our ability to negotiate a modified child support plan that works for your family. We can fight diligently for what is best for you and your children and not rest until the modified agreement serves the best interests of those involved.
What Is Child Support?
When two people have a child, they share equal responsibility for the child’s care and upbringing. In some situations, this contribution involves spending equal amounts of time raising and caring for the child. However, in many situations, one parent is not able to provide equal care for their child and must contribute financially instead. This financial contribution is child support.
The court determines child support payments based on each parent’s income and time spent with the children. The judge aims to have both parents contribute an equal percentage of their income to the child, either by raising them or through child support payments. In some circumstances, a parent may have custody and make child support payments if their income is vastly higher than the child’s other parent’s income.
For example, suppose a child’s mother makes $100,000 per year and the child’s father makes $50,000 per year. If each parent spends $10,000 per year on their child, that is 10% of the mother’s income and 20% of the father’s, which is not equitable. The mother in this scenario may need to pay the father child support so that their efforts are equal.
Child support payments are usually paid monthly, often through a government agency or website. This helps to ensure that the sum is paid on time and in the correct amount.
What Is a Modification?
Modifications can occur when a family’s circumstances change. In the above example, for instance, if the father gets a new job where he is making $80,000 per year instead of $50,000, the mother’s child support payments may be reduced or canceled. The modification process allows the court to reassess any changes and determine whether the arrangement is still fair or if changes need to be made. Most people request a modification because there has been a significant change for one or both of the parents.
You can file for a modification to your child custody and spousal support agreements as well.
Why Do I Need an Attorney for Modifications of Child Support?
It is important that modifications always occur through the court system. This ensures that the agreement is fair for everyone and provides the child with the support that they need. Going through the court is also the only way that your modification can be enforceable. If you decide to change your child support payment without going through the court, the court cannot demand that everyone adhere to the new agreement, and they may even penalize the payer for late or altered child support payments.
For example, suppose that your child’s other parent normally pays you $400 per month in child support. However, they get a new job and the two of you work out a new agreement where they pay $700 per month instead. If, after a few months, they stop paying $700 per month, you cannot take legal action against them. However, if they get a new job and you seek a modification through the court, the court can tell them to pay $700 per month, and you can take legal action if they fail to pay.
Modifications involve negotiations and can be denied under certain circumstances. Without the help of an attorney, you may lose your request for a modification and miss out on important alterations that could benefit your child.
Can Child Support Be Waived in Nebraska?
A parent does not need to accept child support. If a receiving parent agrees to end or waive their right to child support, the other parent can be excused from their obligation to pay. This can also happen if other changes occur, and child support is no longer necessary. For example, if you have primary custody after your divorce, it may make sense for your child’s other parent to pay child support to make up for their lack of involvement. However, if your child custody arrangement changes to shared custody, child support may no longer be necessary, and the agreement can be dissolved.
Contact Stange Law Firm, PC.
If you believe that your child support agreement needs to be altered or stopped, you can trust our team at Stange Law Firm, PC, for your modification. We have been working in this field for many years and understand how important these agreements are to families. We put the utmost care and respect into every modification to ensure that your family is well cared for.
For more information about our services, please contact Stange Law Firm, PC, online today.
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