Though Utah parents want to support their children as best as they can, they do not always have the financial means to meet certain obligations. Of course, if parents divorce, one parent commonly has the obligation of paying child support. Still, situations can arise in which the paying parent may not have the ability to meet the terms of the court order, and seeking a modification may be necessary.
In efforts to have a child support order modified, there are various steps a parent could take. First, the parent may want to speak with the other parent. In some cases, parents may be able to come to an agreement for the terms of the support to change. However, the changes still need to be approved by a judge.
In the event that a parent cannot come to an agreement with the other parent, he or she is not out of luck. The person can petition the court for a support modification and provide evidence that circumstances have changed enough that meeting the original support obligation is no longer feasible. The court will review the case and determine whether a modification is warranted.
Any time a change to existing court order is needed, it is wise for Utah residents to consult with their legal counsel. Parents looking to modify child support agreements may need to understand what evidence could help support their cases. By preparing and knowing what to expect, parents may have a better chance of reaching their desired outcomes and continuing to have the ability to support their children as best as they can.