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Tips for modifying child support

Many Massachusetts parents who have gone through divorce would probably be happy if things could be fairly settled and left alone. However, people's circumstances are always changing and there are parts of a divorce settlement that simply cannot remain static. Sometimes, with child support, it becomes difficult for a parent to continue making payments of the same amount. This can even become impossible, leaving the parent in dire financial straits. Thankfully, there are steps a parent in this situation can take.

Child support modification allows these parents to change a previously arranged child support agreement. There are certain ways in which a parent should handle going about child support modification. First of all, child support cannot be modified retroactively. This means that only future payments can be modified, not past ones. As such, it is important that parents who need a child support modification act as quickly as possible. Doing so ensures that they will prevent a situation in which they are stuck with unpayable past debts that are unmodifiable.

The parent also needs to show they they are making an effort to pay. So keeping up with the child support payments as best as humanely possible can be helpful. Also, trying to work things out with the other parent can not only be a display of effort, but can help parents come to a possible resolution outside of court.

It is not always possible to resolve child support issues by talking them through outside of court. Sometimes, it is necessary to file a child support modification order in court. Attorneys are available to help assist parents in every step of the child support modification process.

Source: Find Law, "Child Support Modification Tips," Accessed on Oct. 12, 2015

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