Both custody and support are always an open door. Always remember, anything related to your child can always change. We do have to show a change in circumstance, but that’s not such a difficult burden when we’re talking about a child related expense. So when it comes to child support amounts and duration changes, there’s always a possibility to redefine the parameters dependent on the situation.
The term of child support can change, for instance, if the child goes from living with mom to living with dad. That would change the payor as well as the amount and term. If the child goes from living at mom’s house to going to a full-time boarding school, that would change the amount of the child support.
Duration doesn’t typically change, because we would pay till at least the child is 18 years old. But then if they went to college, that child support would continue at some level and to some degree past the time that they’ve turned 18, and that will be a whole other series of factors we would consider.
Keeping these situations in mind, these are a few examples of why child support amounts and duration changes are possible, even after they’ve already been set.
Abigale M. Stolfe is a partner at Stolfe Zeigler, a boutique family law firm that obtains favorable outcomes for high-net-worth, complex, and litigious cases. https://www.szfamilylawfirm.com/