4 Tips For Lowering Child Support

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One thing you may face if you go through a divorce and have kids is paying child support. This is typically required of the parent that makes the most money. However, if you feel that this amount is too high and you want to decrease it, you will need to take the right legal steps to make this happen. Being aware of tips that can help you alter the amount of child support you pay is essential in this situation.

Tip #1: Gather evidence

The first thing you will want to do is to be prepared for facing the court. Keep in mind getting this amount reduced will require you to show documentation providing proof of why it should be lowered.

Listed below are some things that may help your case:

1.    Proof that your income has recently changed and you'll need a W-2 or a copy of the previous year's income taxes for this.

2.    Medical records that show you're disabled and unable to work any longer.

3.    Providing proof of changes to your family, such as having another child.

Tip #2: File a petition

The only way to get this number lowered is by filing a petition with the court where you live. It's essential to obtain this form from the jurisdiction where you reside and be sure it's completed accurately.

You can usually get a pre-printed form, and all you'll need to do is to put in your personal and financial information.  A copy of this will be provided to the other parent because this will have an economic impact on this individual.

Tip #3: Show you're paying for extras

Does it seem you're always stuck with paying for routine expenses that may come up over time? Some of these could include health insurance, buying new clothes for school or paying for various fees to participate in sports.

Be sure to make a list of all the extras you're paying because doing so can be helpful in getting this amount of money lowered each month.

If you feel that the amount of child support you pay is too high, you should take action to work to reduce it as quickly as possible. This can be extremely helpful when it comes to improving your financial situation with ease. Be sure to work closely with a child support attorney in your area today to legally advise you on this situation.


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