Custody AgreementsFamily LawGuardianshipSupport Modification

Residents of Shingle Springs 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;

  • One parent has lost his or her job
  • One parent has been incarcerated
  • One parent had another child from another relationship
  • There have been significant changes in how much time the child in the case spends with each parent
  • The child’s needs may have changed and there may be more (or less) costs for child care, health care, or education
  • There have been changes in any of the factors that are used to calculate child support.
  • 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

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