Modification of Support Order


#1

The court can hear a motion to modify anytime there is a 15% increase or decrease in income so technically you could file one now. However, if your income has always come sporadically, it would probably be better to wait a longer period of time before filing a motion to modify.

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#2

I am seeking a Modification of Support Order based upon a substantial decrease in my income. The Support Oder was issued in March '07 and based then upon tax returns for '04, '05, and '06. My last 4 months, year to date and last 12 months earnings are all markedly lower than than earnings suggested in the Order.

QUESTION: In a Modification of Support Order Motion, earnings over what period of time are relevant to show a decrease in earnings? My '07 tax return is not yet available. My earnings for '07 are markedly low. Is the past 4 months sufficient? Is year to date sufficient? Is the last 12 months sufficient? I am sure my ex will want to use the last several years but the reality is that those past years were exceptionally high. How long will I be punished for high earnings in the past!

Thank you for your help.