The parent asking for modification of the child custody amount in a divorce proceeding must show changed circumstances, such as increased or decreased needs of the child, increased or decreased income, obligations because of a subsequent marriage, changed custody arrangements, or any other factor which the judge feels is appropriate to take into account under the guidelines established by the particular state.
Before the factors are considered by the court will require full and complete written disclosure of each parents financial condition including all income and expenses. Once the court has a fix on each parents ability to pay, the court will rule based on what is in the best interests of the child. In this context the following types of factors will be considered in determining child support:
Income Potential of Both Parents
Income and Needs of Custodial Parent
Age of Children and Special Needs of Child
Childs Standard of Living Before Divorce
Educational and Health Status of the Child