How to Get Your Child Support Payments Increased

If the money you are receiving for child support isn't enough, you may be able to up the amount.


  • Step 1: Keep the child's best interest as the focus of your case. Do not let bitter feelings toward the other parent overshadow your reason for the extra monetary assistance.
  • FACT: The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement was established in 1975.
  • Step 2: Prepare a list of expenses associated with raising your child to prove that their economic needs are not being met. Show that there has been an increase in expenses since the last time payment amounts were assessed.
  • Step 3: Show proof of your income to the court. The paying party will have to prove their income as well.
  • TIP: Laws vary from state to state, and each state has its own criteria for changing payment amounts.
  • Step 4: File a motion with the court asking to increase the payment amount due to a material change in circumstances.
  • Step 5: Seek legal advice from an attorney that specializes in child support. They will coach you on the laws in your state and the legal process toward filing for an increase.

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