The Bowling Green State University reported the U.S. divorce rate in 2021 was 14 per 1,000. That represented almost one million women who left a marriage that year. Many of these incidents included children.
Navigating custody and support agreements can be challenging, and changes in circumstances can prompt a review of existing agreements, ensuring they align with the best interests of all parties involved. However, Minnesota has guidelines on when parents can seek a modification.
Changes in finances
A modification of child support is common due to a significant change in the financial situation of either parent. If a parent experiences a substantial increase or decrease in income, it may impact their ability to meet the financial obligations outlined in the support agreement. In such cases, seeking a modification can help ensure that support arrangements are fair and realistic given the current financial landscape.
Changes in health
Health issues for a parent or child can also prompt the need for modification. If a parent faces a health crisis or a child’s medical needs evolve, adjustments to support or custody agreements may be necessary to allow for proper care or the security of those involved.
Changes in location
If a parent needs to move due to job opportunities or personal reasons, it may require adjustments to the existing custody agreement to accommodate the new living arrangements. Courts generally consider the impact of relocation on the child and strive to maintain consistency in their living environment.
Unforeseen life events, such as the remarriage of a parent or changes in a child’s educational requirements, can also prompt a reevaluation of custody and support agreements. The bottom line is that changes happen and the agreements should create an environment that fosters the child’s well-being and development.