As any parent knows, a child goes through many changes as he or she grows up. A three- year-old child is very different than a 17-year-old child. Over the years, parents change, as well, and circumstances change. For parents who are married, they must deal with the changes in order to figure out the best solution. However, there are many parents who are not married to the mother or father of their child and when circumstances change for them, the process of dealing with it is different.
Many times, parents who are not married have child custody and child support orders that govern their parenting and how they pay for the child's financial needs. These orders continue until they are modified, which does not automatically happen when the circumstances change. The parent seeking a modification must first file a motion with the court.