Increasing Child Support When Fixed Expenses Grow
Payments of child support are financial resources that ensure the well-being of children in divorced or separated families. And while steps are taken when a divorce is finalized to be sure child support payments are fair, there are situations where, as time goes on, the costs of raising a child increases.
When your fixed expenses change, it may be possible to have the child support amount you receive increased. Talk through what expenses are covered by child support, what fixed expenses are, and how to request a larger child support amount with an experienced Bucks County family attorney
Fixed Expenses Covered by Child Support
Child support is designed to cover various child-rearing expenses. While each family has their own details to analyze, there are basic necessities that apply to nearly all families, including the need to pay for food, clothing, and shelter. On top of these basics, child support can also contribute to costs associated with healthcare, education, extracurricular activities, and childcare.
When people talk about fixed expenses connected to child support, they are referring to the recurring costs that are necessary for a child to thrive. These are costs that cannot easily be reduced or eliminated. To determine what your fixed costs are, think of your payments that are predictable and consistent. Examples of fixed expenses:
- Housing costs
- Insurance premiums
- Essential bills
If you have found your fixed expenses have grown, and it is impacting your ability to sustain the household budget that was put in place when your child support payments were awarded, it may be time to seek an increase to your support payments. When the documentation proves your need, child support payments are often increased in order to ensure a child’s needs are adequately met.
How to Request a Larger Amount
One of the first steps you need to take in order to secure a larger child support amount is to gather all the relevant documentation necessary to prove your case. This will likely include copies of your household bills, receipts, and financial records, these documents are required to demonstrate the increased fixed expenses you are facing.
Next, bring all of the evidence you have to the attention of a Bucks County family attorney. A skilled lawyer can provide you with legal advice to support your request and will assist you in navigating the child support modification process. Once your lawyer prepares your materials, they will file a formal petition. This petition will include detailed information about your need for an increase to your existing child support order. And when a Pennsylvania court determines that an increase in child support is warranted, a modified court order with an adjusted amount will be awarded.
Are you seeking a child support increase? When your fixed expenses grow, it makes sense to receive child support payments that accurately reflect your child’s needs. Consult with a knowledgeable family lawyer to navigate the child support modification process effectively, speak with the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Call 215-968-6602.