Does A Child's Pregnancy Affect Child Support Obligations?
A court may grant a motion for a modification of a divorce decree when the parties consent to the modification or when a significant change of circumstances justifies the modification. Certain aspects of the decree are modifiable, while others are not. The property division is not typically modifiable by the court. It is final. Child support or custody may be modified if there is a significant change of circumstances, such as a significant increase in living expenses. However, a minor's preganancy does no emancipate the minor and the responsibility for the baby's support is a legal obligation of the natural parents, not the grandparents. The decision to modify the order will be a matter of subjective detemination for the court.