Whether parents are married or divorced, they have the obligation to provide for the financial needs of their children. Designing a child support arrangement can be challenging, and some Rhode Island parents might find it difficult to uphold the agreement due to issues arising post-divorce. This issue could present problems for the custodial parent and the children if the noncustodial parent is unable or unwilling to follow the child support agreement. In some cases, this might lead to parents considering child support modification, which can lead to questions about how they could go about this process and what the process entails.
In order to understand whether modification is a possible option, parents should understand why child support is awarded and how they reach the specific amount used in the order. When child support is established or even modified, the orders are a reflection of various factors including both parents' income. To prevent arrears from accruing, the amount on the original or modified order will be one that the noncustodial parent will be able to fulfill each month.