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How to modify child support in Georgia

When an individual changes jobs, his or her child support payments do not automatically change to reflect changes in income. However, if an individual is making less in a new job, that person may ask for a child support modification to decrease the amount of required payments. Conversely, a custodial parent may ask that payments be increased if the other parent starts making more at a new job.

If child support payments are changed, they will still reflect the best interests of the child, and it is possible that the change may only be temporary. A change in child support payments may also be granted if a parent becomes disabled, incarcerated or experiences an increase in the cost of living relative to his or her income. If a child experiences a medical emergency or any other type of hardship, it may also be cause to modify an existing support order.

Parents may be wise to ask for a child support modification as soon as possible. This is because modifications will not be changed on a retroactive basis. In other words, if a payment is due, it must be made regardless of circumstances until a judge says otherwise. In some cases, the parents themselves can come to an agreement regarding support if a modification is warranted.

Parents who have a child support order may wish to revisit it when circumstances change. Talking with an attorney may help an individual determine what his or her rights are and decide the best way to modify a child support order. It is important to note that any modification must still keep the best interests of the child in mind regardless of how much a parent wishes to provide.

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