This week’s question: HOW TO CHANGE CHILD SUPPORT AFTER CHILD GRADUATES?
QUESTION: My ex-wife and I divorced a long time ago and I was paying child support for our three children. My oldest daughter is now in college but my support amount has not dropped. How do I get it adjusted?
ANSWER: Most of the time when a Uniform Child Support Order is submitted, it takes
into account when there are, like in your case, three children, two children and then one child remaining. The amount should change automatically. If that did not occur or if your Uniform Child Support Order only provided one amount, you need a court order to change the amount of child support.
There are generally three ways to obtain that court order. The first option if the parties can agree is to enter a consent order reflecting the new amount. The second option is to request that the Friend of the Court review your case. Friend of the Court will generally review cases every three years upon written request. The third option is to file a motion with the court. For option two and three, be prepared to provide recent tax forms, pay stubs, child care expenses, and insurance expenses. An attorney can help you determine the best option for your situation and resolve the issue.
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By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.
Attorney and Counselor at Law
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