Change in cost of living is sufficient change of circumstances to modify child support.
(1) Personal Injury damage award can be considered in determining modification of child support. (2) Court should look to needs of children and income of parents (best interests of kids inherent in “need” – not a separate category.
Remarriage and quitting military career are changes in circumstances, but do not warrant modification of support.
Nunc pro tunc orders are only to correct mechanical mistakes – a court cannot retroactively grant or increase support.
Automatic reduction in child support for every mile mother moves is abuse of discretion – court must find actual fiscal impact.
(1) New spouse’s income does not count for child support. (2) Increased age of kids is substantial change in circumstances. (3) Custodial parent’s income is irrelevant in determining need or ability to pay percentage standards – paying parent’s income is sole relevant factor to be considered. (4) Social Security benefits paid to kids when father was disabled do not replace child support, but are a separate benefit. (5) Modification of child support can only be made where there has been a substantial change of circumstances.
Failure to visit children by father is not a change of circumstances entitling mother to more child support without a showing of the financial consequences.
Percentage standards do not apply to post-judgment modification of child support.
Stipulation maintaining specified level of child support notwithstanding subsequent reduction in income is enforceable and not contrary to public policy.
(1) Increased age of children alone is not sufficient for increase in child support – must show increased expenses. (2) AFDC, child support for child of previous marriage, education loans and grants are NOT income for purposes of child support.