Useful Child Support Concepts


Bringing an action to modify Child Support.
Assuming previous child support orders have been issued, either as the result of a divorce or paternity action, it is usually necessary to bring a motion before the circuit court to modify these arrangements. 

A substantial change.
A motion to modify child support requires that a "substantial change in circumstances," has occured before it may be brought before the family court. A "substantial change in circumstances" is a legal concept that establishes whether an action to modify an existing child support order is warranted. 

Examples of a substantial change in circumstances are a significant deviation in the placement arrangements, such as a child spending substantially more or less time with a parent than was previously ordered or agreed to, the loss of a job, or a substantial increase or decrease in either parent's income.