Modify Wisconsin Child Support Orders

Understand what courts consider before trying to modify child support in Wisconsin

It's not uncommon for circumstances to change that may require the child support order to be adjusted. If you feel like your child support order needs to be adjusted, the first thing you should try doing is talking with the other parent of your child.

Proving a Change in Circumstances
If you can't reach an agreement, you'll need to go to court and seek modifying of your original child support agreement. It is not worth asking the court to modify it if you can't make a strong case for a major change in circumstances.

Here are just a few of the more common examples that would get the court's attention and consider modifying the order.

  • Medical Emergencies
  • Loss of Income
  • Increase in Income
  • Change in the Law

What WILL NOT Work in Court
Before you spend the time and resources to attempt to modify child support, understand the following common examples that are unlikely to lead to a change in custody.

  • Failure to allow visitation to the non-custodial parent. If you are not receiving visitation rights that were agreed upon in the original custody hearing, courts can reinforce the custody agreement. But the court will not change the support order.
  • Change of circumstances for the custodial parent. Just because financial circumstances have changed either positively or negatively, it is unlikely the court will determine an increase or decrease in support is appropriate.
  • An arrearage in child support payments.
  • The custodial parent legally moving the child without violating the custody agreements, the court will not consider this as a factor to change child support.
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