Child Support Modifications Lawyer Providing Knowledgeable Representation to Clients
Most people can agree that the well-being of their kid is a top priority, regardless of their relationship with the child’s other parent. Following the end of a marriage, child support will be awarded by the court or worked out in mediation with the child’s needs in mind. But what happens if there are major changes in your situation after an agreement has been reached? Luckily, Israeli law allows for modifications to child support payments in exceptional circumstances. If you have questions or concerns regarding changing your child support, contact Hait Family Law today to schedule a consultation with a skilled lawyer: (077) 200 8161.
How is Child Support Determined Following a Divorce?
Child support cases in Israel may be heard in either the family or religious courts. Generally, an individual’s personal law will determine which laws will apply to their child support determination. For example, a Jewish individual would usually be subject to Jewish law. Individuals without a religious affiliation would be governed by civil law.
While each court uses somewhat different guidelines when assigning child support payments, the primary considerations are ensuring the child’s basic needs are met and their current standard of living is maintained. While there have been some changes in recent years in how the courts calculate child support, Jewish fathers are still typically held financially responsible for the well-being of their children, particularly if the child is under the age of six.
Because the court determines child support on a case-by-case basis, the amounts awarded can vary widely. Due to this reality, it is highly recommended that you and your ex-spouse attempt to negotiate child support payments as part of your divorce agreement. Taking a role in working out the details of your child support allows you to reach a mutual decision that benefits your child and ensures that an undue burden is not placed on either parent.
Under What Circumstances Could Child Support Payments Be Increased?
A child support agreement is meant to last until the child reaches the age of maturity, and the courts attempt to ensure the plan will cover the child’s changing needs as they grow. However, it is impossible to anticipate every eventuality. Sometimes situations will arise in the child’s or custodial parent’s life that require the parent to request an increase in their child support payments.
The court will only consider an increase in child support if the custodial parent can demonstrate a substantial change in circumstances that would negatively and unjustly impact the child if child support payments were not increased. For example, if your child was diagnosed with a condition that requires extensive medical treatment or costly medication, you may have a valid reason to request a modification to your child support. To seek a change, you must file a request with the court to have them reopen your case and make a new judgment based on your current situation.
Can a Parent Request Reduced Child Support Payments?
Child support payments can require a large portion of a father’s income. If an unexpected, significant change happens in the father’s finances or life, they may be able to petition the court for a reduction in child support payments. Examples of situations that could possibly qualify as a substantial change in circumstances include:
- Experiencing a disabling injury that will prevent you from maintaining employment.
- Remarrying and starting a new family for which you must provide.
- Being unable to have a relationship with your child due to their refusal to see you without a valid reason (also known as “parental alienation”)
Other circumstances may also exist that could warrant a reduction in child support payments. In all cases, you must provide compelling evidence to the court that continuing your payments at the current level following your life change would constitute an unjust situation.
<h2> How Can a Child Support Modifications Lawyer Assist You?
Israel’s child support system can be very complex and can be confusing for parents. This is particularly true for Anglo-Jewish individuals who may only be familiar with their country’s child support laws. In Israel, getting your child support payments modified can be challenging, although not impossible. Having a strong advocate who thoroughly understands the legal system and can collect the evidence the court requires can be vital to the success of your modification request. If you are considering seeking a child support modification, contact Hait Family Law today at (077) 200 8161 to speak with an experienced attorney.
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