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A closer look at the child support modification process

The many divorcing parents with whom we’ve worked with here at Epperson Law often still share a common thread: a deep love for their children. It’s that love that helps many to continue to provide financial support for those children even in those cases where they may be the non-custodial parents. Yet very often circumstances can change, and such changes can make meeting one’s child support payments much more difficult. There are, however, opportunities for parents to revisit a child support agreement and make any necessary amendments to make such an agreement more reasonable.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, a child support agreement case must be reviewed every three years. However, both the custodial or non-custodial parent can request a review prior to the three-year review interval if needed. During this review, those that are a party to the action are expected to provide case workers with all of the financial information needed regarding their incomes and expenditures. In cases where both parents are a party, both must sign the modification order. The signature of the custodial parent is not required if he or she is not a party, but the new terms of the agreement must be made available for him or her to review. 

In order to qualify to have a child support agreement review, the following criteria must be met:

  • A current support obligation must be in place
  • That agreement must involve a North Carolina court order
  • The agreement must cover at least one child under the age of 18
  • One’s case cannot currently be in Locate Processing Status

For more information on how to modify an existing child support agreement, visit our Child Support page. 

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