How to Modify Child Support in Georgia
It is possible to modify child support in Georgia. However, the process can be confusing for those who are unfamiliar with Georgia law. And it is often this confusion that prevents parents from attempting to modify child support orders even when modification is necessary. Therefore, if you need to modify a child support order in Georgia, please review the information below, and contact a Georgia divorce attorney as soon as possible for assistance.
Modification isn’t automatic
You must take action to obtain a modification. In other words, a change in your circumstances won’t automatically change your court-ordered child support responsibilities. For example, a reduction in your income or the loss of your job won’t automatically trigger a modification. Therefore, it is imperative that you notify the court when your circumstances change.
Never modify child support without court involvement
Although going to court isn’t always pleasant, it is imperative that you formally modify your child support order when your circumstances change. This means that you must go through the court to modify your order. When you informally modify a child support order with your ex without court involvement, you put yourself at risk.
Keep detailed records
You should keep extensive records of your divorce. And this applies even after your divorce has been finalized in court. For purposes of child support modification, it is particularly important to keep accurate records of things like child support payments, daycare costs, and medical reimbursements. Detailed records will come in handy when the time comes to request a child support modification.
For purposes of ensuring that your records are accurate, it is recommended that you arrange an efficient record-keeping system that allows easy access to documentation when needed. In addition, you can arrange automatic payments and memos with your bank to ensure that documentation exists of your child support payments. It’s important that you avoid making child support payments with cash or money order, as this can be difficult to track. And if you pay daycare or medical costs, be sure to obtain receipts for your payments.
Hire a Lithonia family law attorney
Finally, if you want to modify child support in Georgia, you should hire a Lithonia divorce attorney. One of the biggest mistakes you can make when seeking to modify child support is trying to do it yourself. Therefore, if you require legal assistance in Georgia, you need an experienced Lithonia divorce attorney on your side. At the law office of E.N. Banks-Ware, we will work diligently to ensure that you achieve the legal results you desire. Our experienced Georgia attorney will be with you every step of the way as you navigate the Georgia family law system. Therefore, if you need legal help in Lithonia County or anywhere else in Georgia, please contact us today for a free consultation with our experienced Georgia family law attorney.