Need a Modification to a Child Support Order? We Can Help.

Divorce can bring turmoil and rapid change to a family. For many, life will continue to change even after a divorce. When this occurs, it may be necessary to modify an existing child support arrangement. However, it is important to follow the appropriate course of action. As family dynamics and finances change, it may be possible to secure changes to existing Illinois court orders regarding these issues.

There are certain circumstances in which an individual may be unable to pay support each month. A serious illness, job loss or other situation — either temporary or permanent — can be grounds for a modification. It is also possible to request an increase in child support payments, based upon appropriate evidence. Whatever the reason, the circumstances must be properly documented in order to substantiate a formal modification request made to the court where a prior order was entered. It can be complex to secure these changes, making it preferable to navigate the legal process with the assistance of an experienced family law attorney.

Illinois courts will grant modifications to a support order only in particular circumstances. The parent typically must prove that these circumstances occurred through no fault of the petitioner. Moreover, the change in circumstances must be substantial. Any changes made to a support order must not have a negative impact on the quality of life for the children involved.

Even after a divorce is final, it may be necessary to obtain legal counsel in order to resolve ongoing family law issues. When a parent feels that he or she cannot meet financial support obligations or that an existing court order is no longer sufficient, it makes sense to gain an understanding of the available legal options. Obtaining achild support modification can be a complex effort, but compelling arguments can be developed in order to support a modification petition.