What to do when seeking a child support modification

Statistically speaking, half of American marriages will not make it “till death do us part.” Yet a marriage is not something that can be dissolved overnight. Factors such as child support, property division and spousal maintenance have often prolonged divorce for Georgia residents, even after finalization. Perhaps one of the most frequently changing aspects of divorce is child support. As life goes on, several factors may change the circumstances of an original child support agreement.

It is not uncommon for either the payer or recipient to seek a modification to a child support agreement. Factors such as unemployment, inheritance or remarriage have lead many couples to seek a temporary or permanent modification to their child support agreement. Depending on the circumstances, most people are left with two decisions when it comes to seeking a child support modification: mediation or litigation.

Since the circumstances of every divorce are unique, the choice depends on the situation. For couples who have a strong resentment towards one another, litigation may seem like the only option left. This process is often efficient but does have higher costs associated with it. For couples who are able to work together, at least enough to reach an agreement, mediation may offer a more cost-effective and quicker approach. Mediation works by having a neutral mediator evaluate the situation and produce a solution that is fair to both parties.

Whether through litigation or mediation, child support modification cases can often benefit from a legal professional. Georgia parents in need of assistance or with questions about a modification case should make sure they understand all of their rights and options under state law.

Source: Huffington Post, “Which Would You Choose – Mediation or Litigation – When Seeking Child Support Modification?” Diane L. Danois, July 30, 2013

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