Child Support Modification

Child support modification in Wisconsin

Wisconsin child support modification form

Changing a child support order, also known as a child support modification, can only be changed by a court. A common misconception is that your payments will remain the same until child support stops. The truth is, child support is always modifiable. A number of factors can raise or lower child support payments, including a change in income for either parent, loss of job by the paying parent, or the needs of the child(ren) evolve in special cases. If you do nothing, your monthly child support payments could increase every yearEstimate your monthly child support payments with our easy to use child support calculator.

Contact child support lawyers in Milwaukee at Divergent Law to mitigate an ever-increasing child support payment. 

When Can I Modify Child Support Payments In WI?

There are several options to modify an order for child support in Wisconsin:

Financial Laws for Child Support in Wisconsin

Unless otherwise agreed upon in writing, both parties of the divorce/child support must exchange financial details by May 1 of each year.

*Failing to provide these records risks being held in contempt of court.

Filing for Deviation

State law permits anyone who pays child support to request a deviation from the standard percentage amounts. The deviation is granted if the court determines the standard percentage total is an unfair burden to either of the parties or the child/children.

Considered Factors:

Requesting a Review from Your Local WI Child Support Agency

If the option to request a review from your local child support agency is chosen, the agency has up to 180 days to complete the review. The agency may deny the request, attempt to mediate an agreement between both parents, or set a court date for review by a judge.

The child support order review will examine 3 issues:

  1. Whether the child support amount in the order follows the Percentage of Income Guidelines.
  2. Whether the child support order includes medical support.
  3. Whether there has been a substantial change in circumstances involving the child since the last order.

The child support agency will use these guidelines to decide how to proceed on a child support review in Wisconsin:

A Review of the Child Support Order WILL Be Done

A Review of the Child Support Order MIGHT Be Done

Examples of a significant change in circumstance:

A Review of the Child Support Order WILL NOT Be Done

Frequently Asked Questions About Child Support Modification in Wisconsin

When can I ask for my child support order to be changed?

You have the right to have your court order reviewed by the child support agency every 33 months or if there is a significant change in circumstances which will result in a payment change of 15% of the current order and the difference will be at least $50. The party requesting the change must provide evidence of the significant change in circumstance if the request is outside of the 33-month review process. Incarceration is considered to be a significant change in circumstances.

Can the child support agency change my support order?

No, only a court can change a child support order. The child support agency may mediate and write up and agreement for both parents to sign, but the court has to approve the agreement. No changes take into effect until the court signs the order.

What will the court use to determine my income for child support?

The court may use the parent's gross income, income available for support, or ability to earn to determine income for child support:

Avoid yearly increases to your child support payments by contacting Milwaukee child support lawyers at Divergent Law.




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