A child support attorney in Scottsdale can provide assistance to parents when they are separating and the issue of child support arises. In many cases, when parents don’t live together, one parent must pay child support to the other parent. A standard formula is utilized to determine what amount of support a parent is required to pay, and the AZ Courts have a calculator that parents can use to determine support obligations. Deviation from the standard amount of support that is due, as determined by the calculator, is rare and there must be a specific reason why a different amount of support would be more appropriate.
Once the appropriate amount of child support is determined, the parent who is obligated to pay must comply with the support order or there could be serious consequences. Sometimes, however, child support will need to be modified. It is important to understand the circumstances under which a modification might be appropriate and to talk with a child support attorney to get help with the process of changing a support order.
Singer Pistiner, P.C. has helped many parents to modify their child support obligations. Our legal team understands Arizona laws on support and we can offer you the necessary guidance to determine if a change is likely and to request that the court alter a current support order.
Three Reasons For Changing Child Support Orders
When your circumstances change, sometimes a current child support order no longer makes sense. The change in circumstances must be a significant change, and you must provide proof that modification is appropriate. Your best option is to talk with an experienced attorney about whether your change in circumstances will justify a support modification. However, these three common situations could suggest that a change is in order:
- A change in income: If you have lost your job or have taken a significant pay cut, you may be unable to continue paying the child support that you were originally required to pay. You should talk with an experienced attorney as soon as possible, because if you don’t get your support order changed, you could end up owing back child support and having substantial legal problems.
- A change in custody: Child support is based on both income and custody. If you are suddenly seeing your children much more, or much less, than you did before, then support will need to be modified to reflect the reality of the child’s new living situation.
- A change in the needs of the child. If your child suddenly needs much more expensive care, support may need to be modified. This could occur, for example, if your child was diagnosed with a serious physical or mental illness and very costly medical care will be needed that is not entirely covered via insurance.
How a Child Support Attorney in Scottsdale Can Help You Modify Your Support Order
If you believe that a change in the amount of child support being paid for your child is appropriate and necessary, you should talk with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. You cannot just stop paying the support you owe, nor can you simply demand that the other parent pay more because your child’s needs have increased. You need to go through the formal process of modifying your support order.
Changing a support order can be complicated, and requires filing legal paperwork. Singer Pistiner, P.C. can take care of his process for you so you can get your support order modified as quickly as possible, and so you will have the best chance of a successful modification.
Getting Help from A Child Support Attorney in Scottsdale
If you believe that a change to your support order is appropriate, our legal team is here to help you. We can review your situation and current support order, assist you in determining if there has been a material change in circumstances which would justify a modification, and help you to determine how your situation is likely to alter your support order. We can also advocate for you and represent you in petitioning for a modification of support and explaining to the court why your support order should be changed.
To find out more about the rules for child support in Scottsdale, download our free divorce guide. You can also give us a call at (480) 418-7011 or contact us online to talk with a child support attorney in Scottsdale about the assistance our legal team can offer you. Call now to get started so you can protect your child and your family situation.