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Don’t Count On an Informal Child Support Agreement. Make it Legal.

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 10-23-2013 • Under: Divorce, Family Law
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Child support modification petitions are usually not heard by the court until at least two years have passed since the original decree.  However, if a job loss results in at least a 25% reduction in income, you may immediately file a petition for modification, regardless of time passed. The court may also hear petition for modification before the two year time limit if the non-custodial parent does not adhere to the terms of the visitation orders by failing to visit.

Substantial pay raises or other change in financial standing may also be cause for a modification claim. Parents should contact a skilled Atlanta divorce modification attorney for help in documenting proof that a pay raise has substantially changed an ex-spouse’s financial condition. However, proving a claim of an improved financial status may be complicated if the ex-spouse has increased responsibilities or if your income has also increased.

Don’t rely on an informal agreement that can be ignored at any point or could possibly put you in contempt of an existing order. Contact the Georgia divorce modification lawyers of Spooner & Associates, P.C. They fully understand Georgia laws and what it takes to prevail in court.

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Scott is an attorney and founder of Spooner & Associates, PC, a family law firm focused on efficiently solving clients’ legal problems. A graduate of Georgia State University College of Law, Scott has assisted clients in metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia courts for over 15 years. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution in the areas of domestic relations mediation, general mediation, and arbitration. In addition to representing many of his clients at divorce mediations, Scott has also served as a mediator to help other divorcing couples reach an amicable resolution.


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