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Changing the Amount and Duration of Child Support

Once the amount and duration of child support has been set, can either be changed for any reason?

Heidi Ann Lepp’s Answer:

Child support is always subject to modification based on a showing of a permanent and substantial change in circumstances. This change can include but not be limited to the increase/decrease of one parent’s incomes, the passage of time (aging of the children) since the last Order was entered, the cessation of alimony or child care costs, the emancipation of a child in a multi child family, or the child reaching the age of 18 years old, graduating from high school and attending post-secondary education on a full-time basis. When this last incident occurs, child support must be recalculated as the Child Support Guidelines do not apply to children in this situation. Child support for those children will be determined after a review of the child’s budget and based on a consideration by the Court of the statutory factors.

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