Tampa Child Support Modification Lawyer
There’s one thing that’s always constant in life, and that’s change. Circumstances in life are always changing, especially when it comes to finances. A person making six figures today could be laid off tomorrow. An athlete could suffer a career-ending injury, causing them to lose out on millions of dollars.
But good things could happen as well when it comes to finances. A person might receive a sudden windfall, such as through the lottery or an inheritance. Or someone might receive a promotion, resulting in a huge raise and bonus.
Where child support is concerned, these life situations can make a huge difference. If you’re the paying parent, you can submit a modification to get payments decreased or increased. If the custodial parent becomes aware of your improved financial situation, they can petition for an increase as well.
What can you do? What are your obligations? Contact an experienced Tampa child support modification lawyer from Faulkner Law Group, PLLC to learn more about modifications.
Reasons for Modification
There are many reasons why child support may need to be modified, such as:
- Loss of a job or income
- Increase in income
- Receipt of an inheritance or other windfall
- A need to support other children
- New educational expenses
- Additional expenses for extracurricular activities, such as sports
- Disability of a parent
- Incarceration of a parent
If you have experienced any of these situations, contact a Tampa child support modification lawyer right away to understand your legal rights and obligations.
Make Sure to Get a Court Order
If you are facing financial issues, child support may not be on your mind. You may be focusing on paying your mortgage or buying food. Despite this, you must still continue to pay child support at the current level until a modification is in place. Do not stop anything until you get a court order.
You cannot decide to stop paying child support on your own. That is considered contempt of court. Even if the other parent has verbally agreed to a different payment, a formal court proceeding is required in Florida. You could face penalties if you do not follow a child support order. Most commonly, you will face fines. You could also face liens against your property, such as vehicles or property. In extreme cases, you could even face imprisonment.
Therefore, if you know you will need a modification, don’t just stop paying child support. Contact a Tampa child support modification attorney right away. We’ll help develop a plan and submit it to the court as soon as possible.
Contact Us Today
Life changes. Financial situations can change for parents, requiring modifications to child support. If you are facing this situation, seek legal help from Faulkner Law Group, PLLC. We can help you resolve all your family law issues, including child support modifications. Schedule a consultation with a Tampa child support modification lawyer today. Call (813) 544-3919 or fill out the online form.