June 2018 | No. 2017-CA-00331-COA (Miss. Ct. App. 2018)

Campbell v. Campbell (Mississippi 2018)

Modification of a child support order is only appropriate when there is a substantial change of circumstances that was not reasonably anticipated at the time of an agreement. The father appealed an upward modification of his child support. The terms of the original decree included a per child support amount and specified the conditions under which the obligation would end. The Chancellor found that the second child had joined the military and that was a substantial change. The Court of Appeals found otherwise. The Court found the language of the original agreement specifically provided that support for a child would end if a child joined the military. The Court gave father a credit for any amount he paid in excess of the original support amount.

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