Gather information that shows that your income does not cover expenses, and file papers in court requesting an increase in child support.
Learn what is necessary in your state to prove the need for an increase in child support. Check state laws on the Internet, in books, or by hiring or talking to an attorney.
Determine to which court you will need to bring your case. Check with the court that issued your current order or judgment. If this is not the correct place, the court staff will be able to tell you where to go.
Obtain the necessary forms that you need to complete. Ask the court staff for assistance in completing the forms if you don't understand everything.
Gather all the paperwork you can that shows why you need an increase in child support. Proof of tuition, clothing costs, housing costs, medical bills and any loss of income you have suffered are important. You want to show the court that the money coming in is not enough to cover your family's expenses.
Be prepared to testify if the case goes to trial. You will need to explain what all of the documents are that you are presenting, why you need an increase and how much you are requesting.
Remember that the court will only be interested in information that shows that the child is not being adequately supported. Your lack of money to buy cigarettes or new clothes for yourself is not important.
Tips & Warnings
- In some states, there are child-support agencies that will handle your case for you. If there is such an agency in your state, contact the agency before filing anything to determine whether they will file papers for you or represent you.
- In some states, there are very strict rules about how much and how often child support can be modified. Your case may be dismissed if you do not comply with these rules.
- Do not make any informal agreement with the other parent about child-support modification. It is important to have the court handle all modifications so that everything is enforceable.