When to request a child support modification

If you are a custodial parent in the state of North Carolina, it is very likely that you will be somewhat dependent on child support from the other parent. Gaining child support can help with many different aspects of parental life, from giving your child proper nutrition to putting them in day care. But there can be times when parents believe that they are not receiving enough financial support.

If you are already receiving child support payments, you may be able to request a child support modification in order to increase the payments. However, in order to do this successfully, you must be able to show that there has been a change of circumstances that makes a child support modification necessary and fair.

Under what circumstances can I modify my child support successfully?

If you are aware that the other parent has received a promotion, pay rise or a new job, you may be able to use their increase in income as grounds for a child custody modification.

Additionally, you may be able to argue that your child's increase in age requires an increase in financial support. This may be due to them participating in extracurricular activities, for example.

Can I ask for a temporary increase in support?

If you are experiencing a situation in which you need a temporary increase in support, you may be able to successfully request this. This might be for a specific medical necessity or for large purchases relating to education.

It is important that you stand up for your right to child support as a parent in North Carolina.

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