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Understanding when a child support modification may be possible

Parents may find over the course of their child's childhood that they need to modify a child custody or child support order. Parents should be aware that just because they have changed jobs, their child support does not also immediately change based on their new salary. The family law process provides resources to help parents seek a child support modification when needed.

What is the impact of medical expenses on child support?

Parents are responsible for child support expenses but are also obligated to pay for the uninsured or unreimbursed medical expenses of their children for the medical care they receive. Uninsured medical expenses include medical expenses that are not covered by insurance and can include deductibles, co-pays, prescriptions and other uncovered costs. Medical expenses parents are responsible for can include medical, dental or vision costs that are incurred as a result of medically necessary treatments or procedures.

Child support enforcement options for failure to pay

This blog recently discussed options for parents to consider through the family law system if they need to seek a child support modification. Child support enforcement measures are designed to help parents seeking to enforce a child support order obtain the court-ordered child support they should be receiving. It is important not to ignore a valid child support order and to seek family law resources when a child support modification may be needed. Otherwise the parent who has failed to pay child support can face serious consequences and penalties.

Making changes to child custody or child support

Life changes following a divorce and circumstances change as children grow and develop. As a result, parents may find that they need post-divorce modifications related to child support and child custody. Child support modifications and child custody modifications may be possible in certain circumstances. Until a child support or child custody modification has been granted by the family law court, however, it is important to abide by all child support and child custody orders.

Different types of adoption may be available to families

Adoption is an important way that many families begin and grow. It is helpful, therefore, to understand adoption options and the legal technicalities sometimes associated with the adoption process. There are several different processes through which a child may be adopted including agency adoptions, independent adoptions, adoptions through identification and international adoption, among some others.

How do I modify my child support order?

Child support modifications may be a significant concern for many parents who have a child support order as the circumstances of life change following a divorce or the establishment of an initial child support order. Parents may wonder if a child support modification is possible, under what circumstances it might be possible and how they can request a child support modification. Under both federal and state laws, individuals who have a child support order have the right to request a review of their child support order. The Office of Recovery Services/Child Support Services in Utah conducts the review and the child support amount can go up or down.

Grandparents may have custody rights in Utah

One point of contention among many families is deciding on who is most qualified to care for children when their parents split up. In a large number of Utah cases, the child's mother or father will be awarded physical custody of the child while the other parent will be awarded visitation. Both parents may be involved in making major decisions regarding the best interest of the child.

What should I do if my ex-spouse isn't paying child support?

When a couple with children separates, one parent will often get physical custody of the child while the other parent is required to pay child support every month to help with the child's expenses. However, some parents fall behind on their child support payments or just don't pay at all. If you find yourself in this situation, there are steps you can take to ensure that your children get the financial support they deserve.

Can there be child support modification in Utah?

For Utah couples who are no longer together but share a child, child support is an unavoidable and necessary issue that must be agreed upon. When the support agreement is completed, many parents might be under the impression that it cannot be changed. However, that is not always the case. It is possible for there to be a child support modification if the requirements for doing so are met. Understanding how this works and what the criteria is to make the change is key.

Important points about child support modification in Utah

When Utah parents share a child but are no longer together as a couple, in most cases the noncustodial parent will have to pay child support to the custodial parent. This is for the child's upkeep, medical care, living expenses and more. But with life as unpredictable as it is, there are times when circumstances such as income, employment status and other issues can change making it reasonable to request that there be an accompanying change to the amount that the parent pays or receives. This request can come from either. Having an understanding of important points toward this request is key before moving forward.

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