Child Support Modification Attorney in Oklahoma

Providing Legal Assistance to Help Parents Resolve Their Legal and Financial Issues

When parents divorce or are no longer a couple, typically, the non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay child support. Under Oklahoma law, either a father or mother may still be ordered to pay child support even if they share joint custody.

In Oklahoma, a child support agreement is based on the number of children the parents have together, each party’s gross income, and any other additional income they may receive. The court will also examine how much parenting time each parent spends with their child.

However, sometimes issues arise that cause parents to request a modification of child support. Sometimes, a parent may request an upward modification where they request more support or a downward modification to lower their support obligation.

Whether you need to modify your child support obligation upward or downward, it is always best to hire an experienced attorney to assist you with your legal needs.

Contact Parsons, Graham & Day, LLC of Tulsa, OK, and ask to schedule a free initial consultation with a child support modification attorney so that we may determine your available legal options.

What are the Requirements Needed to Modify an Existing Child Support Order?

Several legal requirements must be evaluated before a parent can petition to modify an existing child support order.

For example, an existing order can only be modified if it does not contain an order for medical support, was not calculated according to state guidelines, or if there will be at least a 20% change in the amount of child support to be paid.

Additionally, Oklahoma law allows parents to petition to have an existing order modified if they have experienced a “significant change in circumstances.”

A significant change in circumstances typically focuses on the parent or child’s living situation, the parent’s ability to care for the child, or the child’s changing medical or personal needs.

Special circumstances accepted by the court may include:

  • The child is no longer a minor.
  • A significant change in either parent’s income.
  • Verified job loss.
  • Change of custody status from one parent to the other.
  • A parent relocating to a different city or state.
  • A parent developing a severe illness or medical condition.

If you want more information about significant circumstances and to see if you qualify, contact Parsons, Graham & Day, LLC to schedule a meeting with a knowledgeable attorney who will gladly answer your questions.

How Do I File a Child Support Modification Petition in Oklahoma?

There are several approaches that individuals can utilize if they wish to file a child support modification petition.

One standard method is for the individual requesting the modification to send a written request to the child support office that handles their case. After the child support office receives the petition, it will be reviewed to determine if it meets the qualifications. Another option is to independently complete a modification petition called Pro Se Modification.

However, the best choice is to hire a child support modification lawyer. A lawyer can review your case to determine if you meet eligibility requirements and help you fill out the confusing legal paperwork. An attorney can also address other legal issues often accompanying child support, such as child custody or visitation matters.

Our skilled attorneys have the skills and knowledge needed to assist you with determining your eligibility for a review of your support payment.

What are the Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer to Help Me With a Child Support Modification?

If you feel you meet the qualifications necessary to file for a child support modification, having an experienced lawyer on your side is always best. Although many parents feel they cannot afford to hire an attorney, obtaining legal counsel can help save precious time and money in the long run. Furthermore, having an attorney helps to guard against preventable mistakes that could delay your case from moving forward.

However, one of the most considerable advantages of obtaining skilled legal representation is an attorney is familiar with the family court procedures. An attorney can assist you with completing confusing legal paperwork and ensure it is returned quickly.

Additionally, your legal representative can assist you with gathering the evidence that you will need to present in court to request a modification. Finally, hiring a well-qualified child support modification lawyer can give you peace of mind and assurance, knowing that a qualified professional is handling your case.

Our Tulsa, OK, law office has comprehensive experience helping clients with child support modification orders and would be pleased to assist you with your legal needs.

What Makes Your Child Support Attorney the Best Choice to Assist Me With My Legal Issues?

At Parsons, Graham & Day, LLC, our dedicated team of legal professionals recognizes that in today’s ever-changing economic climate, there often arises a need to try to modify child support payments.

Whether you are the custodial parent or the parent who pays child support, circumstances often change, requiring the court to reevaluate existing support payments. However, we know it can be distressing to think about going to court to request a modification.

For these reasons, allowing an experienced attorney to assist you with your legal needs is always best. Oklahoma has a severe stance on individuals making child support payments, and only a judge can order a modification.

When you choose our attorneys to assist you, we evaluate your case and determine what legal strategies meet your needs and how to accomplish your goals. Our legal team will stand by your side to protect your legal rights and those of your child.

Contact Parsons, Graham & Day, LLC of Tulsa, OK, at 918-553-5771 and ask to schedule a free no-obligation consultation to learn more about our legal services and how we can help.