Residents of Sacramento may need an attorney to petition the court for child support modification.
After a judge makes a child support order, 1 or both parents (or the LCSA if they are involved in the case) may want to change the order. You have to show that there has been a “change in circumstances” since the last child support order was made.
If the judge ordered a child support amount below the guideline amount, you can ask to change that amount at any time. You do NOT need to show a change in circumstances. This is true even if your non-guideline child support order was reached by stipulation (agreement) between the 2 parents.
There are many good reasons why a child support order might need to be changed. Some of these reasons are:
The income of 1 or both parents has changed;
If the parents (and the LCSA if involved in the case) can reach an agreement on a new amount of child support, they can write it up as a stipulation and give it to the judge for signature and to have it become a new order.
But if the parents cannot agree on the change, 1 of the parents (or the LCSA if involved in the case) must file a motion with the court asking for a change (called a “modification”).
Keep in mind that unless the judge signs a new court order, the existing child support amount and order will not be changed. So, to protect yourself, even if you have a verbal agreement with the other parent to change the child support amount, put it in writing and have a judge sign it. That way you have a current child support order that reflects the current amount.
Important Addresses – Sacramento – Placer – El Dorado
Sacramento Family Law Courthouse
3341 Power Inn Road Sacramento,
Placer County Family Law Courthouse
10820 Justice Center Drive Roseville
El Dorado County Family Law Courthouse
495 Main Street Placerville