Modification of Child Support

Child support awards can be modified if there is a significant “material change in circumstance.” (It can also be retroactively applied, but not prior to the date the motion for modification was filed.)

A material change in circumstance can occur when:

  1. There is a general change in circumstances, needs, and financial condition of the spouses. This could include a parent losing their job or a change in a child’s needs.
  2. Application of the guidelines would result in a significant change of child support obligations.

A material change is historically defined as 25% or greater, but a change of less than 25% may still result in child support modification. 
If a modification results in a lower payment, the parent who pays child support may not recoup overpaid child support.

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