If handled incorrectly, child support can be financially crippling for the parent required to pay. While the non-custodial parent’s income plays a large role in determining the monthly amount to be paid, there are times when it’s necessary to take legal action to have the amount changed.
In this issue, the family law attorneys with The Men’s Legal Center in San Diego will talk about when it’s appropriate to seek legal relief from child support.
While you definitely do not have to be a multi-millionaire to seek relief from high child support payments, retired New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez is in a situation that shows how even the wealthy have to seek some form of legal relief when times get tough.
According to reports, A-Rod’s income has dropped about 90 percent – from $30 million annually to about $3 million.
While he’s willing to pay about $20,000 per month in support of his two children, his former spouse is holding out for $50,000 per month.
The former couple are obviously at a stalemate, but we’ll keep you posted on how things turn out.
The Lesson From A-Rod’s Situation
Again, you don’t have to be wealthy to related to the position that A-Rod is in. The overriding lesson, though, is that financial stability is the key to child support issues.
The custodial parent is awarded support by the court so that he or she will have the financial resources to provide for the daily needs of the child.
Likewise, when the non-custodial parent experiences a substantial decrease in income, it’s time to reassess the situation through child support modification.
Knowing When to File For Child Support Modification
Generally speaking, it’s recommended that non-custodial parents pursue a modification to their child support orders only when there’s a significant reduction in income. The court system has a well-earned reputation for thoroughly investigating all child support modification claims. They will not hesitate to deny your request for a modification if there is not a substantial difference in your income.
Likewise, it’s recommended that custodial parents see modification only when there has been a significant increase in the other parent’s income.
If you have questions about child or spousal support, call The Men’s Legal Center in San Diego.
The issue of child support can be confusing at times. That’s why here at The Men’s Legal Center, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and ability to provide clear communication.
If you have questions, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to reach us at 619-234-3838 or via email.