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Even the rich sometimes need child support modifications

Child support is a real burden for many divorced parents in the United States. This is particularly the case among low-income families. Unfortunately, failure to pay child support can lead to serious consequences of the delinquent parent. Fortunately, some noncustodial parents are able to obtain relief through a modification of the child support order when circumstances have changed enough to warrant a modification.

Even the richest among us can feel burdened by child support payments. Halle Berry, for instance, recently filed a motion to reduce her monthly support payments. Under the current support order, Berry reportedly owes $16,000 per month to Gabriel Aubry for the care of their six-year-old daughter Nahla. The couple reportedly has joint custody.

Berry is reportedly requesting that the support payments be reduced to a bit over $3,000 per month. In her filing, she reportedly accuses her Aubry of being unemployed and relying on the support payments for himself.

It isn't clear whether Berry has a good chance of obtaining a support reduction. Under Arizona law, a modification to a child support order can only be granted when there has been a significant and continuing change in the paying party's household. This could include a number of circumstances, such as the loss of a job, the onset of a major medical illness, or a change in health insurance.

Noncustodial parents who have undergone a significant change and who are consequently unable to afford their current child support payment can and should work with an experienced attorney to determine whether they may have a shot at obtaining a modification.

Source: ABC 15, "Halle Berry seeking child support reduction," October 17, 2014.

Arizona Department of Economic Security, "Modify and Calculate Child Support," Accessed October 24, 2014.

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