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Verbal child support agreements may not be honored

It is not uncommon for the circumstances of California parents who have to pay or receive child support to change significantly. Some people lose their jobs or have to settle for reductions in salary while the needs of children may increase as they grow older. Although most parents know that they are entitled to request modifications to a child support order, some feel intimidated by the process and settle for a verbal agreement.

Verbal agreements may not always be honored and could lead to expensive future litigation. If you are unsure of the legalities and procedures of filing a claim for child support modification, or if you need information about your legal rights, you may find the assistance of a child custody attorney to be an asset. The knowledge and experience of such a professional could guide you as you pursue this modification.

Considering your financial circumstances, along with obtaining the necessary information from your ex-spouse, your legal counsel will determine whether a modification claim is viable. Utilizing the services of a family attorney may also be valuable in the future in the event of further claims or litigation, as he or she will already be informed about your circumstances. You will also be ensured of a legally signed court order, rather than a verbal agreement that is not a legal document and will not hold up in court.

California parents who are struggling to maintain obligated child support payments, or those whose efforts to provide sufficient care for their children fail, may want to obtain more information about the help that is available. Details can be seen on our family law website. Having a professional team on your side may lead to a new child support order to suit all parties.

Source:, "Sacramento Child Support Modification Lawyers", , Sept. 10, 2014

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