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Modifying child support when circumstances have changed

When it comes to seeking a child support modification, residents of Rhode Island may think that it is only the paying parent that can do so. After all, even a small change in a parent's income can have a great effect on an individual's ability to meet his or her child support obligations. When a person loses his or her job, or has reduced work hours, that person may be in a circumstance in which he or she believes an existing child support order is no longer fair. In these circumstances, a parent may seek to have that child support order modified.

How does Rhode Island calculate child support?

When it comes to calculating child support in Rhode Island, it is important that an appropriate result is reached. The state recognizes that this is for the benefit of the child. To that end, the state holds that a child deserves to enjoy a standard of living that relates back to the monthly incomes of each parent. Therefore, when calculating child support, Rhode Island uses what is known as the income shares model.

Understanding child support options in Rhode Island

Child support is an important concern for many parents, including parents receiving child support and parents paying child support. Following the establishment of a child support order, in general, the order continues until it is modified. Enforcement of child support orders occurs automatically in Rhode Island and can lead to serious consequences for failure to pay required child support.

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