After your divorce is finalized and the court has issued orders related to property division, spousal or child support, and child custody/visitation, you may find that your circumstances have changed enough to seek a modification. For example, you may have recently lost a job, resulting in lower-income and an inability to pay the same level of child support. In such cases, you can submit a motion to modify an existing order. Most modifications require a change in circumstances. Even when a showing of changed circumstances is made, however, it does not necessarily mandate a modification. It is very important to your case that the request to modify is properly presented to the court.
If you believe a change in your situation warrants a court order modification, speak with a skilled divorce lawyer for assistance. Either parent can request a court order modification for the following situations:
- Raise or lower child support
- Relocate with the child
- End child support because the child has turned 18
- Change child custody/visitation
- Raise or lower spousal support
Before the court can modify the existing order there must be a full review of the facts, and a determination about whether the request is based upon a significant change in circumstances, or valid reasons that are supported by actual evidence rather than by opinion.
It is in your best interest to consult with a divorce attorney for legal counsel in court order modifications. Court order modifications are far more likely to be approved when you have a trusted Family Law attorney who has extensive experience within the system.