Are child support payments set for life?

Californian divorcees who are still supporting a child have plenty of questions about child support. One major question is: is the amount of support paid going to be the same until your child turns eighteen? [nap_names id=”FIRM-NAME-1″] dives into that question today.

The short answer is: no, child support payments are not permanent. The payment amount that is decided upon during divorce proceedings is based entirely off of the information available to a judge at the time. This includes both parent’s incomes, any medical expenses the child may have, and the cost of living in your current area.

However, circumstances are always changing and what held true at the start of the divorce may not be the case months or years later. What if you lose your job? What if your ex-spouse loses theirs? What happens if one of you remarries and has another source of income helping to raise your child? In all of these cases, you can have your support payment plan re-examined by a judge. They will look at the current situation of both parents to determine if the old support plan is still feasible and fair.

Are you concerned about the financial future and what child support payments may look like for you? Consider taking a look at our webpage on child support, linked here, for more information. You do not need to be stuck in a situation that could damage you financially, and having the backing of an attorney can help you get the support you need.