The best time to contest a modification on a child support order is while the petition is being dealt with and heard. Appeals are an available procedure as well. However, appeals are generally challenging to find success with. Therefore, I wouldn’t count on the appeal process. It’s wisest to be contesting it during the hearing process.
There are a few grounds that you can use to contest a child support modification. For example, if the changes in circumstances are only temporary, you have a big objection to their case. The court’s going to say, “Well, if your income is just temporarily reduced or temporarily increased, we’re not going to change child support solely based on a temporary change”. The other big point is whether it has been less than 3 years since the original child support order. If the modification doesn’t meet the statutory requirements, then it won’t qualify.
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