The parties involved in a case concerning child support must comply with any order issued by the court. Upon the issuance of the order by the judge, the said order is immediately executory. This means that whoever is adjudged liable to pay for the child support must comply with the said obligation right away. When there is a failure to provide for the payment of child support, a particular parent may be held in contempt. Nonetheless, it must be noted that both parents may be held liable for the support depending on the attendant facts and circumstances of each case.
Under our jurisdiction, a child support order may be modified when there are changes in the circumstances. An example of this is when there is an increase in the needs of the child. In such case, the judge may increase the amount of the child support despite the fact that there was no increase in the incomes of the parents. This is one of the instances where the court shows its adherence to the “best interest of the child” rule or principle. Another example wherein the amount for the child support may be increased is when the incomes of the parents have risen and there are certain proofs for its existence.
At the same time, the judge may also decrease the amount of the child support upon showing that the liable parent’s income has declined as long as it is not due to his or her fault. Moreover, it must be noted that the decrease may also be granted despite the fact that the children’s needs have not declined. When there is a change in the residence of either the parent or the child, the modification for the child support may also be granted.
In order to ensure that you will not have a problem in complying with the child support order, keep a close contact with your lawyer. In cases when you encounter legal problems concerning the payment of the child’s needs, make sure that the first thing you will do is to call your attorney. Do not do certain acts that may be prejudicial to your rights and interests.
Always put in mind that you have the responsibility to comply with the child support order that the court may issue. In cases where there are some modifications allowed by the court, you also need to follow whatever changes will be introduced in the new support order. Do not worry because you are allowed, under the law, to present some evidence to oppose any motion for modification of the order.