When there is an order of child support in Indiana, it is made with the best interests of the child in mind. With spousal support, it is for the spouse who was not the breadwinner in the relationship or who earned less than the other spouse to be able to survive based on the married lifestyle. The financial order is not a method to punish the supporting parent. The main goal is to provide for the child and the former spouse. For some, the situation has changed and there is the need to change the order.
There are circumstances where it is possible to change the amount that is paid. This can be done by reducing or increasing it. The case itself will dictate whether this is done. It is even possible to revoke the support completely. Understanding the law in these circumstances is essential.
There can be a modification if there is a showing that the circumstances have changed sufficiently and the change is substantial and continuous so the terms are unreasonable. It can also be done if it is shown that a party was ordered to pay a child support amount with a more than 20 percent differential from what would be ordered if the child support guidelines were used and if the order that is to be modified or subject to revocation was issued a minimum of 12 months prior to the petition to ask for the modification.
Those who are paying or receiving support can request there be a modification. Before doing so, it is wise to understand the law for these matters, when it can be done and the reasons for it. A law firm that handles child and spousal support cases can assist either party in a case and should be contacted for guidance and help.