What information do I need for a child support modification?

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2023 | Modifications And Enforcement

According to U.S. News and World Report, Massachusetts had one of the lowest divorce rates in the country in 2019 at 6.4%. While the courts may not be handling many new divorces, they still have to manage those already completed.

Once a divorce is final, many people erroneously believe they will never have to return to court. However, modifications are common, especially when it comes to child support. When circumstances change, it is essential to ensure that child support arrangements reflect these shifts accurately. When requesting a modification, you want to ensure you include the proper information.

Income documentation

One of the fundamental factors affecting child support is the income of both parents. Gather pay stubs, tax returns and any other relevant financial documents that showcase your current financial situation. This should include not only your regular salary but also any additional sources of income.

Proof of significant changes

To successfully request a child support modification, you need to demonstrate substantial changes in circumstances. This could include job loss, a significant increase or decrease in income or a change in custody arrangements. Collect documents that clearly show these changes, such as termination letters, promotion letters or updated custody agreements.

If expenses for your child’s care change, make sure to document them. This could encompass anything from school fees and extracurricular activities to medical bills and childcare costs. Receipts and invoices can provide concrete evidence of these expenditures.

If there has been a change in the amount of time each parent spends with the child, it’s crucial to have accurate records. Keep a detailed log of visitation schedules, noting any deviations from the agreed-upon plan.

Communication records

Keep a record of any communication between you and the other parent regarding child support. This can include emails, text messages or even notes from phone conversations. These records can help illustrate your efforts to work collaboratively.

Previous child support orders

Have a copy of the existing child support order on hand. This will serve as a reference point and will help you understand the current arrangement, making it easier to explain why a modification is necessary.

Gathering the necessary information before requesting a child support modification can help make the process move along more smoothly. In addition, presenting this information clearly and honestly can increase the likelihood of a successful outcome to provide for your child’s needs.