The ex got a job -- can child support be modified?


#1

The amount of child support my fiance agreed to in his separation agreement was based on him being the sole provider. His ex just told us that she got a job. Now that she has an income, can child support be modified? Does she need to make a certain amount or be employed for a specific period of time? How do we go about changing it?


#2

Be careful with that. Yes it can be modified, but it could also go up according to her income and child care costs. I suggest you use either the calculator on this site or at the NC child support site first.

For example, my ex would have paid $521 per month with both our incomes and me not working and paying for child care. I have a job now and when we go to court he will find based on the guidlines it’s going to be between $670 and $711 per month.


#3

You may be able to modify the amount of child support if it has been 3 years since the last order was entered, and if the new amount of support as calculated by the guidelines is different by 15%.
I suggest that you do run the numbers on our on-line calculated before you deiced whether or not to file a motion.


#4

How can we find out how much money she’s earning so that we can use the calculator?


#5

You will have to ask her.