Litchfield, NH asked in Child Support and Family Law for New Hampshire

Q: If support payer decides on a career change which reduces his income, by, say, $10k, can the support order be amended?

I've read that a support order can only be changed within the first 3 years if there is a substantial change in circumstances. Would this qualify as a substantial change? And does the support payers decision to take a pay cut play into the decision?

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Amy C. Connolly
Amy C. Connolly
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  • Exeter, NH
  • Licensed in New Hampshire

A: It would depend on how much the person made annually. If the individual earned $150,000 a year, a $10,000 decrease may not be substantial. However, if the person makes $40,000 a year, a $10,000 decrees could be considered grounds to seek a support modification. Good luck.

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