Dean & Barrett
Call for a free consultation 334-787-9991
Legal Services

Disability may present need for child support modification

It is common for a custodial parent to need financial assistance in caring for his or her children. In most cases, this assistance comes in the form of child support payments from the noncustodial parent. However, some changes in circumstances could have Alabama parents reconsidering their support terms.

One issue that could greatly impact child support is if a parent develops a disability. Whether physical or mental, a disability could greatly impact a person's ability to work. As a result, if a parent becomes disabled and needs time off from work or can no longer work, it may become difficult to meet the same support terms that were ordered at the time of the divorce. If so, support modifications may be needed in hopes of addressing the issues.

The modification could depend heavily on whether the disability is considered temporary or permanent. In cases of temporary disability, the court may enact a temporary order that modifies support terms for the time the parent remains disabled. When the disability is considered permanent, a permanent modification may take place. In these cases, the court will likely review any disability payments and income the disabled parent may be receiving in order to come to a new support amount.

If a parent needs to seek modifications in order to lower support payments due to a disability, it can be a stressful process. Alabama residents who have concerns in this area may want to find out what steps need to be taken to pursue child support modifications. Enlisting the help of knowledgeable attorneys could help interested individuals better understand their options.

Source:, "Disability and Child Support", Debrina Washington, April 29, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Contact Dean & Barrett For A Free Consultation Ready to discuss your case? You can call us at 334-787-9991 for a free consultation. You can also reach us via email.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Opelika Office
457 South 10th Street
Opelika, AL 36801

Phone: 334-787-9991
Fax: 334-749-5857
Opelika Law Office Map Link

Mailing Address
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 231
Opelika, AL 36803

Get In Touch