Beyond the one-year mark and the requirement to prove that child support is inappropriate, a party to the lawsuit may at any time request a change in child support in Indiana if the evidence shows that the amount of child support to be paid under the Child Support Rules and Guidelines would be more than 20 percent. The policy behind the 20% rule is essentially the financial advantage for children – that family allowances should be changed because they are actually children`s money and that children should not be deprived when there is more to pay materially. There are many good examples in life that could support the argument that an injunction currently given (within a year) is unreasonable. One example is job loss or significant wage cuts. Others are just as obvious: serious health, catastrophic injuries or others. Despite this, the change in children`s accommodation in Indiana is not maintained on the basis that the party wishing to change child assistance is simply dissatisfied with the most recent child assistance allowance (within one year) and can now prove no difference in the child assistance to be paid/received in accordance with the guidelines. However, most petitioners fall into the second category, which requires that the current order be in effect for at least 12 months and that the requested change be cancelled by at least 20% of the current order. This often occurs when a parent receives a significant increase, a parent has another child who needs a recalculation of support, or one of the parents loses income, which requires a reduction in their support. For example, Jane and John married in 1995 and had their first child, Joe, in 1998. After Joe was born, the marriage began to fail, and the parties divorced in 2000. At the time of the divorce, Jane was earning $200 a week and had physical custody of Joe; John earned $700.00 a week and had parental leave according to Indiana Parenting`s timelines.
At that time, John ordered to pay $80.00 a week in family allowances. Now, in 2012, although John has the same job as before, he remarried and has two more children with his current wife. Jane went back to school after the divorce and obtained her master`s degree; She earns $1,000 a week. Given the changes in the size of John`s family and Jane`s new level of income, John`s support obligation for the children should be reduced in order to accommodate these changes. It may be necessary to request a change in the child`s support. A change in the parents` income level, whether it is an increase or decrease in wages or a loss of employment, may require an application to the court to change the child support order. . .