Family and Adoption.


"Family" has many definitions and connotations. First, the court must determine the parent’s “net disposable income,” which is calculated by subtracting certain deductions from the parent’s gross annual income.

This means that the court will look at the earning ability of the parent and use the amount of income he or she could have earned, instead of their actual income, to determine the amount of child support. A temporary modification will remain in effect only until the change in circumstances, such as a short-term financial setback, is resolved. You can also avoid a hearing on a child support modification if you and the other parent can agree on the change.

The process of modifying an order shouldn't take more than six months. If approved, the new payment amount will take effect on the date specified in the court order. 



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