4. Go to court to change support
Question & AnswerHow do I change child support in my court order?
If you and your partner still cannot agree on changing your order even with the help of a family law professional, or if this is not the right option for you, you can go to court.
Going to court can be a complicated process and it can take a lot of time. It can be stressful and expensive, but it is sometimes necessary to decide your issues. This family law court process flowchart explains each step in a family law court case.
The process for asking a judge to change child support in a final is called bringing a motion to change.
You can talk to a lawyer who can explain your responsibilities under the existing order. A lawyer can also tell you if facts exist that may convince a judge that the order should be changed.
If you can’t afford to hire a lawyer for your whole case, some lawyers provide “unbundled services” or “limited scope retainer” services. This means you pay them to help you with part of your case.
If you can’t afford to hire a lawyer at all, you may be able to find legal help in other places.