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Do you need to pursue child support modification?

Parents will often do whatever they can to provide for their children. However, every person has limits and there may be certain obligations that parents in Minnesota may not be able to meet, despite their best efforts. For example, if a parent is ordered to pay child support, he or she may be able to keep up with payments for a period of time. But if he or she loses a job, suffers a serious injury or experiences another significant life event, it may become impossible to keep up with that same support payment schedule. 

Rather than run from this problem or assume missed payments are not a big deal, parents may want to consider revisiting their support order and filing for a modification, like the father of Beyoncè Knowles recently did. After a significant change in his income, Mathew Knowles filed for a cut in his child support responsibilities.

Knowles was named as the father of a son he had with another woman while he was still married. At the time the child was conceived, Knowles had been married for almost 30 years and was working as his famous daughter's manager. But once the affair and the child came to light, Knowles' situation changed dramatically.

His wife filed for divorce and a couple years later, Beyoncè fired him as her manager. At the time, he was also paying a whopping $12,000 every month in child support to the mother of his son. 

But recently, Knowles filed a motion to have these payments decreased in response to the significant changes in his income. It was argued that the $12,000 per month was no longer appropriate, given his change in circumstances. A judge agreed and approved a child support modification that reduced his monthly payments to just $2,500. 

This is a good example of how effective it can be to speak with an attorney to pursue a support modification. When circumstances change so substantially that they can affect child custody or support agreements, having existing provisions modified can make it easier for parents to stay in compliance and continue contributing to a child's well-being.

Source: The Associated Press, "Mathew Knowles child support payments decreased due to income drop after Beyoncè firing," March 6, 2014

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