Q: Child Support with Step-up Custody
First we are considering a step-up custody plan and I make 3 times the salary he does. If we start at 70/30 I owe him $13 a month. But if he can complete a AA Program and a year of Soblerlink without drinking the custody plan will go to 50/50 and I would owe 825 to him a month. My question is will a Wisconsin judge allow us to change child support in a divorce agreement or would he have to take me back to court to change support?
A: If you agree to a change in child support or placement in the future, both of you can sign a Stipulation and Order for Modification and file it with the Court. By doing so, you both can avoid filing Motions and the need to appear at Court.
A: It's true that you can file stipulations to change child support after the divorce is finalized, but be advised that a judge will not necessarily automatically approve those stipulations. The agreement must still comport with Wisconsin law and make sense to the judge. You may want to consult with a lawyer to discuss whether whatever the two of you agree to in the future is likely to be approved by the judge before you submit it.
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