Understanding Utah child support modification guidelines
If significant changes have occurred to you or your child’s other parent’s circumstances, you may wish to have the grounds of your current child support agreement modified. It is important to be aware, though, that there are several requirements that must be met for the Utah family law court system to review a current child support order. You should also keep in mind that there is more than one option for pursuing child support modifications. That is why the attorneys at Just Law, P.L.L.C., are committed to helping our clients navigate all aspects of the child support modification process.
According to the Utah Courts, there are two primary forms that you can use to request a child support modification. A petition to modify child support provides several grounds for which changes may be warranted. While it is generally required that your current child support order be at least three years old for modifications to be considered, you may be able to file a petition if material changes in circumstance have occurred. Such material changes can include but are not limited to changes in:
- Custody arrangements
- The child’s medical needs
- The custodial or noncustodial parent’s income
- The child turns 18 or is emancipated
The other option is to file a motion to modify child support. Motions are generally only considered in cases where your current order is at least three years old and there is at least a 10 percent difference between the current and requested amount of support. Beyond that, the amount of child support that you request should be permanent and consistent with state guidelines.
When considering child support modifications, you should also keep in mind that there are a number of other factors that the court may take into consideration. Learn more about Utah state child support guidelines by visiting our web page today.